Ana Tijoux’s career has spanned 10 years of pure hits. Starting with her groundbreaking group Makiza—which mixed socially conscious lyrics with production styles unheard of in Latin America—to collaborations that turned into world-wide hits, Tijoux has always been at the forefront of her genre, one step ahead of the pack.
Sidi Touré’s music comes from Gao, a city in the north of Mali, and draws inspiration from traditional music and religion, but is informed by western culture. The winner of two Malian national awards for best singer, he was leader of Gao’s regional orchestra, The Songhaï Stars, and is a nationally renowned figure in his home country. In 2011, he released Sahel Folk and toured North America for the first time. This tour took him to prestigious venues and festivals, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and the World Music Festival Chicago.