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Preview: Sidi Touré and Ana Tijoux @ Pritzker Pavilion, 7/23

There's something magical about music that references styles from all around the globe. Even if we don't speak the language that forms the song or are unfamiliar with its rhythms, the unexpected and refreshing quality of global music's spontaneity is something to be cherished for its sacred purity and precise musicianship. Sidi Touré, Malian singer/songwriter, has dazzled listeners with his two full-length albums that have been released in the U.S.: Sahel Folk, Touré's 2011 debut, and most recently, Koïma, which emerged this past April. He'll be making a few stops in the Chicagoland area this weekend for shows, during which he will no doubt stun listeners with his eccentric and intricate African folk numbers.

Touré resided in the Malian city of Gao, where his musical style influenced many fans in Mali as he was the lead member of the popular and influential Songhai Stars orchestral group. His musical popularity is beginning to reverberate throughout the U.S., as his unique musical style is intriguing countless listeners. Not only does his music reference classic African folk styles, but Koïma also features grooves located in traditional blues music as found in "Kalaa ay makoïy (I Must Go)" and tender ballad "Euzo," which stands in contrast against the more quick-paced folk numbers on the album. When translated, Koïma literally means "go hear." Touré exemplifies superb artistry, as we don't need to understand the words to be able to feel the emotions and soul immersed within his music. Take a listen to one of his songs, "Mon Pays," here:

Sidi Touré will be playing a free concert on Monday evening as part of Millennium Park's Downtown Sound series. He will be joined by talented and acclaimed Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux. Her latest album, La Bala, was released this past January, and blends together a mix of bold rhythms, horn accompaniments, and jazz interludes. Her fast-paced beats will no doubt get the crowd moving. You've likely heard her catchy song "1977," and you can refresh your memory below:

Sidi Touré will open the show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park this Monday, 7/23, at 6:30pm. Admission is free, with both concert seating and lawn seats available. Ana Tijoux will continue the show. Check out Downtown Sound for more information.

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