Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Sidy Maiga

Sidy Maiga
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. 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, that won in the Mali National Drumming competition.

In 2006, Sidy moved to Rhode Island, USA. 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, Brazilian as well as alongside house music DJ’s 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 produces 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 annual event brings together both local and international musicians and dancers to perform in Rhode Island.

Sidy is the winner of multiple awards and fellowships. Notably, he won the MacColl- Johnson Fellowship in 2012. He has also been the recipient of grants and fellowships from RISCA.

In January of 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 ingeniously creates a very unique approach by infusing traditional African styles with modern music. He recorded and released a single, Beko Ami, written for his grandmother Ami, in the Spring of 2018. In May 2020, Sidy graduated from Berklee College of Music where he has been studying music production, music business and arranging.

Additional Links: 
Sample track from Sidy's debut CD, Malidén.

I Have Worked With

  • State: RI
    Date: 4/2011
    Activity: Residency - school
    Email: Ms.Richards@tapaprovidence.org
    Phone: 4014327881

  • State: RI
    Date: 2/2011
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: tellicoulibaly@gmail.com
    Phone: 4015881688

  • State: RI
    Date: 1/2011
    Activity: Residency - school
    Phone: 8577199669


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Master Drummer
Physical Address: 
Providence, RI 02906
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - General
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - New
Music - Traditional
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

2003- Finalist in the first Mali Drumming Competition in Bamako, Mali.2012 Folk Arts Fellowship winner- RI State Council on the Arts2010 - 2012 Project Grants from RISCA for the Afrika Nyaga Drum & Dance Festival.2011 MacColl Johnson Fellowship
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Technical requirements depend on the venue. Sidy and his group play instruments which do not need to be amplified under most circumstances. For larger venues, microphones and amps can be used.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
Minimum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Fee Range Minimum: