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Message de Sidi Touré sur les médicaments de la rue

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Message de Sidi Touré sur les médicaments de la rue
©Johnathan Crawford/ Courtesy of the artist

(French/English) Alors qu’on les achète pour se soigner, les médicaments de la rue tuent. Nombreux sont ceux qui achètent leurs médicaments au bord de la route car ils sont meilleur marché. Dans de nombreux cas, c’est un parent ou une connaissance qui vous conseille de tenter le coup. Il est vrai aussi que la propension naturelle à préférer la médecine traditionnelle nous éloigne parfois de la médecine classique et de ce fait des pharmacies.

Moi-même, en tant qu’artiste ayant peu de moyen, je pourrais être tenté d’acheter des médicaments dans la rue. C’est plus facile et moins cher: pas besoin d’aller voir un médecin pour obtenir une ordonnance ou de se rendre dans une pharmacie. Mais je suis conscient que c’est extrêmement dangereux d’avaler ces médicaments falsifiés. Malgré le fait qu’ils soient souvent moins chers, qu’ils s’obtiennent sans devoir passer par un médecin, et qu’ils soient à notre portée (les vendeurs viennent directement à nous, pas besoin de se déplacer), je le dis haut et fort: c’est dangereux! N’achetez pas ces médicaments de rue!

C’est cette alerte que j’ai voulu lancer à mes fans à travers mon titre « Les médicaments de la rue », les invitant à acheter les médicaments uniquement en pharmacie.

Tout en demandant aux gens de ne pas acheter ces médicaments, je plaide aussi auprès des institutions pour faciliter l’accès aux vrais médicaments et pour punir les criminels qui produisent les produits frauduleux.

Artiste : Sidi Touré
Album : Alafia
Titre : Les médicaments de la rue (Street Medicines)

 

English translation

Though we buy them with the hopes of healing our illness, street medicines can kill.

Many people buy roadside medicines because they appear to be cheaper. In many cases, a relative or acquaintance advises you to try them. In some cases there is also the tendency to prefer traditional medicines and people sometimes shy away from conventional medicines and therefore pharmacies.

As an artist of limited resources, I am myself sometimes tempted to buy medicines off the street. It is easier and cheaper: no need to go to the doctor to get a prescription or to go to the pharmacy. But I am aware that it is extremely dangerous to swallow these fake medicines!

Although they appear cheaper, and they can be obtained without going to a doctor and they are just at our door (the sellers come to us, no need to go anywhere), I am saying loud and clear: fake medicines are dangerous! Do not buy drugs off the street!

This is the warning I want to share with my fans through my song “Les médicaments de la rue” (street medicines); a reminder for all to buy your medicines only from a legitimate pharmacy.

While asking people not to buy these drugs, I also plead with institutions to facilitate access to medicines and to punish the criminals who produce these fraudulent products.

 

Note biographique de Sidi Touré – Sidi Touré naît en 1959 au Mali, à Gao, au cœur de l’ancien Empire Songhaï, l’un des derniers à régner sur le Sahel. Le destin du jeune garçon prend forme à l’école primaire où on peut le voir, avec ses camarades, guitare en ardoises d’écolier à la main. Très tôt repéré par son maître d’école, Ibrahim Soumaré, il intègre l’Orchestre Régionale de Gao à l’âge de 17 ans et la formule consacrée devient vite : “Sidi Touré et le Songhoï-Star”. Lors des Biennales de 1984, Sidi reçoit le prix du meilleur chanteur avec sa propre chanson ” Marou Tchirey “. Deux ans plus tard, il rapporte à Gao le même trophée, avec le titre “Karaw”, un événement sans précédent pour un chanteur. Dès lors, les « Songhoï Star » jouent régulièrement au Mali et sont constamment demandés pour tourner au Niger, au Burkina Faso, en Algérie… Durant l’été 1995, dans un petit studio de Bamako, Sidi Touré, accompagné de ses musiciens Songhaï, enregistrent son premier album « Hoga ».

About Sidi Touré – Sidi Touré, born in Goa, Mali in 1959, is an award-winning musician that has performed around the world. He released his first album “Hoga” with the group Songhoï-Star in the summer of 1995. His track, “Les médicaments de la rue” (street medicines), is available for download.

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