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Siby is a rural municipality in Mali. It is located in the Cercle of Kati in the Koulikoro Region, 50 km from Mali's capital Bamako. The municipality of Siby has a population of 18.983 inhabitants.

Geography

The village of Siby, composed of five quartiers, is located on the plain at the side of the Mandigues Mountains.

History

According to legend the arch of kamandjan was transpierced by the king of Siby with his sabre

The Mandé village of Siby was founded in the Middle Ages by ancestors of the Camara.

According to Sundiata Keita, the king of Siby, Kamandjan Kamara, whom Sundiata Keita knew from childhood, brought the kings of the tribes allied against Soumaoro Kanté, king of the Sosso, together at Siby.

The troops of Sundiata Keita had just won two battles against the Sossos at Negueboria in the Bouré and at Kangigné. In Siby, all the allied kings found themselves gathered around Sundiata Keita: Kamandjan Kamara, king of Siby, his cousin Tabon wana Fran Kamara, king of the Camara blacksmiths, Siara Kouman Diabaté, Faony Diarra Kondé, king of the country of Do, the country of Sogolon and the mother of Sundiata, Mansa Traoré. After a few days of rest, the allies went to Kirina where the decisive battle against Soumaoro Kanté took place.

On the top of the mountain, an arch, from where one has a splendid sight on the surrounding plain, is dug in the rock. According to legend, it was Kamandjan Kamara who transpierced the mountain with his sabre the day before the departure, during an evening where Balla Fasséké asked each king present if he was able to do so.

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The city cooperates with Ramonville Saint Agne, France.

The first two editions of the Forum des peuples were held in Siby in 2002 and 2003.

Coordinates: 12°23′N 8°20′W / 12.383°N 8.333°W / 12.383; -8.333

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