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Youssou N'Dour Awarded Sweden's Prestigious Polar Music Prize

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Friday May 10, 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 on Tuesday, the prize committee said 53-year-old N’Dour, who has collaborated with artists including Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Neneh Cherry, has a voice that “encompasses an entire continent’s history and future, blood and love, dreams and power.”

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