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Thursday May 16, 2019

From PopMatters

Senegal’s Most Famous Singer Youssou NDOUR Shares His ‘History’
By: Adriane Pontecorvo

Both in his home country and internationally, Youssou NDOUR has long been the most famous singer from Senegal, even if you don’t know him by name. Not only has he appeared onstage with Peter Gabriel – his golden voice first came to the attention of a wide global audience opening for Peter Gabriel on his tour for So – but he provided the iconic Wolof backing vocals that elevated Gabriel’s hit “In Your Eyes” from pleasant pop song to a thing of beauty.

Youssou NDOUR is an artist with history, to put it mildly. Now, he’s also an artist with History – a brand new album on which NDOUR pays tribute to his past, reflects on the present, and looks to the future on ten lush tracks. There is a natural sweetness to NDOUR’s vocal delivery, and he sings with as much supple grace today as he has for the last three decades. The instrumental color and softness that accompanies him, largely in the form of hand drums, guitars, and sax, complements his dulcet tones well, giving the whole album an effortless feel, though the emotion in his lyrical themes and vocal execution prove his hard work.

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