Throughout a thirty-year recording career, global superstar Youssou N’Dour‘s roots in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling have remained. A daring innovator and staunch protector of the unique “Dakar overgroove,” N’Dour and his high-energy Super Etoile manage to fashion a sound which is both characteristically Senegalese and outward-looking, a contagiously exciting synthesis of musical languages. Rolling Stone called N’Dour’s stunning tenor “a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it,” and the Super Etoile has been lauded in The Village Voice as “the greatest band in the world.” Audiences can look forward to new music from N’Dour in 2017.
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Posted Oct 30th, 2015
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Posted Sep 15th, 2014
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Posted Jan 27th, 2014
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Posted Oct 9th, 2013
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Posted Aug 27th, 2013
from Access Hollywood N’Dour, Saariaho Share Sweden’s Polar Music Prize STOCKHOLM (AP) — Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho have been awarded the international 2013 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious award for musicians. They will each receive 1 million kronor ($153,300) and an invitation to the prize ceremony in Stockholm Aug. 27. In its awarding citation...
Posted May 10th, 2013
from boston.com Youssou Ndour named Senegal’s cultural minister Senegalese state television reports that world music icon Youssou Ndour has been named the West African country’s minister for culture and tourism. The announcement of President Macky Sall’s new government was made late Wednesday, two days after his inauguration ceremony. Earlier this year, Ndour himself launched a failed bid for the presidency...
Posted Apr 5th, 2012
from guardian.co.uk Youssou N’Dour to enter politics By:Monica Mark He is the son of a car mechanic who began by hustling pirated CDs in car parks and went on to become one of the most influential recording artists in the world. Now Youssou N’Dour is putting his music career on hold so he can enter politics ahead of presidential elections...
Posted Nov 29th, 2011
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Posted Jun 7th, 2011
From Africa Review Senegal’s Youssou N’dour honoured in America By: Tamba Jean-Matthew America’s elite Yale University has conferred an honorary doctorate degree on Senegal’s leading musician, Youssou N’dour. N’dour was among ten world personalities whom Yale awarded honorary degrees last week for varied achievements. To read more, click here
Posted May 23rd, 2011
From The Montreal Gazette Montreal International Jazz Festival announces 2011 prize nominees By: Bernard Perusse Youssou N’Dour, who plays the Metropolis June 27, will be presented with the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award for world music artists. The Senegalese singer is in brilliant company: Richard Bona, Toots & the Maytals, Salif Keita and Ibrahim Ferrer have also received the prize. To...
Posted May 4th, 2011
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Posted Aug 6th, 2010
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Posted Jan 15th, 2010
When Youssou N’Dour (considered the greatest living African musician today) celebrated the Sufi tradition of Islam in his 2004 album Egypt, he violated the Muslim taboo against mixing the spiritual with the secular. The documentary I Bring What I Love (now playing in theaters), captured the raging controversy that ensued, following Youssou for two years and chronicling his life, music,...
Posted Jul 17th, 2009
Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour may be Africa’s greatest living pop star. A multi-platinum selling Grammy-winner, N’dour is just as well-known these days for his philanthropic work alongside the likes of Bono and Bill Gates. And while he may not be a household name here in the States yet, a recently-released documentary film may change that very soon. Directed by American...
Posted Jul 2nd, 2009
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the new award winning documentary film about world music superstar Youssou N’Dour Youssou N’Dour: I BRING WHAT I LOVE, is coming to theaters on June 12! Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love is a music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire change. N’Dour is the highest...
Posted Jun 2nd, 2009
A seventeen-plus-minute feature about Youssou NDour, including an interview, aired on NPR’s Tell Me More this morning. You may listen to it here:
Posted Nov 26th, 2007
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Posted Jun 20th, 2005
While Youssou NDour’s international releases have always combined Senegalese musical traditions with outside sources of inspiration, Egypt takes a fresh approach; on this album, the rhythms and melodies of Senegal drive arrangements featuring Egyptian and Arabian orchestral sounds. Featuring traditional musicians in Dakar and in Cairo, EgyptEgypt’s lyrics demonstrate a distinctly Senegalese way of Islam, and of Sufi thought and...
Posted Jun 8th, 2004
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N’Dour has created a musical context that’s as large with possibilities as his sinuous, spine tingling singing
The kind of world pop in which the blend of Western pop and African tradition sounds so organic that to talk about the different elements is to miss the whole
African rock’s great global star, he has found the most graceful and purposeful balance between the local and the international
The New York Times
Youssou N’Dour has been called ‘the African voice of the century” and “one of the world’s greatest singers.” That may suggest a whiff of hyperbole, but not in the case of N’Dour, who has been thrilling audiences with his contemporized versions of Senegalese mbalax music for nearly three decades
Los Angeles Times