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Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France | INDIE

Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France | INDIE
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- Boni (Released in 2010)
- El Djahalet (Next release in October 2012)



Sidi Ag Issa was born in Boni, a small town in Mali near Timbuktu, which hosts a diversity of Peulh, Arabic or Touareg cultures. At the age of 12, he was working in a shop when he first heard the guitar of Ali Farka on the radio.

When the country of integrity ends up its revolution and the rebellion starts coming, the Ishumar guitar is listened to on the sly and played on the frontline. At the age of 19 Sidi joins war and composes his first song, Te Wete with the folk touch of Touareg ballads. As part of the Imujar youth, he suffers exile, refugee camps and the ghetto.

A few years later, Sidi is on tour with his band Imnas. This gives him the opportunity to play and share his musical feeling with famous artists such as Nazer Adams, Papa Rast or Gwod. These encounters have shaped his musical style.

When he arrives in France he creates the band Tiwitine, which mixes genres and cultures, forming a unique groove totally inspired by traditional dance, brought in Tamashek and Morre.

Powerful rhythms come with lively and colourful melodies. The strings are cuts sharply in the way of a takouba, and the riffs wake up warriors. Touareg guitar, mandingue blues, a reggae touch and a funky groove, all these sounds express the nostalgia of the desert, the melancholy of the exile, fraternity, love, and betrayal.