Sidy Maïga & AfriManding to Play at AFS Annual Meeting
Friday, September 13, 2013
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Sidy Maïga is a master drummer from Bamako, Mali, West Africa, who specializes in djembe and dunun. For the last seven years he has lived in Rhode Island and has performed in venues all over the East Coast and elsewhere. He performs solo or with his group, AfriManding, which includes Yacouba Diabate on the kora. From 2006 through 2009, Sidy was the Master Drummer in residence at Providence's Black Rep Theater. Since 2009, Sidy has been producing the annual Afrika Nyaga Drum and Dance Festival. A gifted teacher, Sidy has taught African Drumming in schools and universities throughout New England and New York. He has taught after school programs throughout Rhode Island and in 2011 was artist in residence for Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts in Providence. In 2011, Sidy was named the 2012 Folk Arts Fellowship winner from RI State Council on the Arts. He also won the MacColl Johnson Fellowship for Music Composition. He released his debut album, Malidén, in May of 2011 and is currently working on his second CD.