Closing Session, Friday September 20, 3:30 p.m.
A native of Mali, West Africa, Sidy Maiga has been drumming since he was in his early teens. He learned to play in the traditional African way, by apprenticing with master drummers. Sidy was a gifted student and soon began playing professionally. He has played with two national touring companies in Mali and many internationally known Malian artists. In 2003, Sidy was a member of Fakoli Percussion Troupe, which won in the Mali National Drumming competition. In 2006, Sidy moved to Rhode Island. Since then he has become a regular on the music scene, playing not only traditional Malian music but also a fusion of Malian music with Latin, blues and Brazilian, alongside DJs for events throughout New England and around the world. In addition to performing, Sidy teaches djembe and dundun drumming to students at schools and universities throughout the country. Sidy loves to share his culture. Since 2009, he has produced the annual West African Dance and Drum Festival: Afrika Nyaga, which has been funded primarily by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). This event brings together local and international musicians and dancers to perform in Rhode Island. Sidy is the winner of multiple awards and fellowships, most notably the prestigious MacColl-Johnson Fellowship in 2012. He also has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from RISCA. In 2011, Sidy recorded and released his first album, Malidén. In 2014, he recorded and released his second album, Africa United, which includes musicians from across the world, including Grammy Award–winner Oumou Sangaré. In this album, Sidy infuses traditional African styles with modern music. In 2016, Sidy began studying production, business and arranging at Berklee College of Music. sidymaiga.com