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SENEGAL: Hamidou Touré, brother of “Touré Kunda” passed away


It is on their Facebook page that the Touré Kunda, the famous Senegalese musical group based in France since the 70s, reported the death of Hamidou Touré dit “Seta” this Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Paris following an illness. Originating from Ziguinchor, in Casamance in the south of Senegal, the Touré Kunda brothers have rocked by their musical flights several generations of music lovers around the world. This loss of Hamidou Touré, father of the musician Daby Touré, is a hard blow for the mythical musical group.

In a Facebook post, Touré Kunda bitterly announced the death of their brother without failing to pay tribute to him for his commitment and loyalty to the group’s principles. “Dear friends, dear fans, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hamidou “Seta” Toure, this morning, February 4, 2021, after a long illness. Our older brother, a member of Toure Kunda, participated in the “Salam” & “Sounke” albums. We are thinking especially of his wife and children.”

Considered pioneers of African music in France at the end of the 70s, Les frères Touré Kunda are composed of Ismaïla, Ousmane, Amadou, died of a cardiac arrest during a concert in 1983 and Sixu Tidiane. They have inspired generations of musicians of their time and of today’s world with their cultural openness that goes beyond the mere musical or melodic aspect. Indeed, the group sings in Soninke, Wolof, Peul, Mandingo, Diola and Portuguese Creole, reflecting the intermingling of peoples living in Casamance. 

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Several times in France, the Touré Kunda were among the precursors of world music. In 2018, Ismaël and Sixu Tidiane, who continue today the musical heritage of this group, were back in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, for a concert with their album “Lambi Golo”. They are members of the sponsorship committee of the French Coordination for the Decade of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.


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