Sidi Touré on Tour July & August 2012/Food Crisis in the Sahel

From a media release:

Sidi Touré on Tour in North America in July & August 2012
Toronto - July 27, Guelph - July 29, New York City - August 4 & 6
Full Dates below

Sidi Touré interviewed by Oxfam America about his music and the food crisis in the Sahel region

Oxfam International is working in the Sahel region of West Africa, where drought, a poor harvest, and dwindling pasture have created a severe food crisis. They interviewed Sidi Touré about the situation, and featured one of the songs from his new album Koïma in a new video about their work in the region.

“I’ve seen it firsthand… A hungry man is not a free man. People who are hungry don’t hear anything and don’t see anything. All they think about is hunger,” Touré said. “This [food crisis] is linked to [the conflict] going on Mali right now. If people don’t have the food they need, hunger can push them to do almost anything.”

More information Oxfam efforts in the Sahel:

Sidi Touré is currently on his second North American tour, which he'll kick off at the Harrison Hot Springs and Vancouver Folk Festivals, following with shows in the US later this month, and live radio sessions on NPR World Cafe and KEXP Wo' Pop.

"Sidi Touré's second album has put him at the forefront of a new generation of African guitarists.... His lean quartet was full of attack amidst the lulling songs, and the crowd loved it." - Exclaim!

Sidi Touré Tour Dates:
Thu Jul-12    Harrison Hot Springs, BC - Harrison Hot Springs Festival
Fri Jul-13 - Sat Jul-15   Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Festival
Wed Jul-18    Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Sat Jul-21    Chicago, IL - Square Roots Festival
Sun Jul-22    Evanston, IL - Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
Mon Jul-23    Chicago, IL - Millennium Park
Fri Jul-27    Toronto, ON - Harborfront Centre
Sun Jul-29    Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival
Sat Aug-4    New York, NY - Joe's Pub
Sun Aug-5    Milheim, PA - Elk Creek Cafe
Mon Aug-6    New York, NY - Marcus Garvey Park
Tue Aug-7    Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Fri Aug-10 - Sun-Aug 12   Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
Live video: Sidi Touré at Montreal Jazz Festival