Sat 15 October

Youssou N'Dour

Youssou N'dour is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, musician and activist. With a career spanning more than 40 years, N'Dour is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history. His mix of traditional Senegalese mbalax with other influences ranging from Cuban rumba to pop, jazz, and soul has won him an international fan base of millions around the world. Rolling Stone magazine described him as, 'perhaps the most famous singer alive' in Senegal and much of Africa. With his extraordinary voice NPR music named him one of the world’s 50 great voices.

In 1994, N'Dour released his biggest international hit single, '7 Seconds', a duet sung with Neneh Cherry. Charting number-one in numerous countries; in France, it stayed at number one for 16 weeks, a record at the time. '7 Seconds' also won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song of 1994. NME magazine ranked it number 40 in their list of the 50 best songs of 1994. He won his first and only American Grammy Award (best contemporary world music album) for his CD Egypt in 2005.

N'dour is also an activist and in 1985, he organized a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela. He was a featured performer in the 1988 worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now Tour. N'Dour was also nominated as Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 16 October 2000.


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