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Youssou N'Dour

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Artist's top tracks

7 Seconds (feat. Neneh Cherry) Youssou N'Dour, Neneh Cherry 05:06
Chimes Of Freedom Youssou N'Dour 04:50
Solidarité M, Toumani Diabaté, Sidiki Diabaté, Santigold 03:15
Mama Africa Youssou N'Dour 03:57
L'ours Christophe Maé, Youssou N'Dour 04:19
Sama Guent Guii Yande Codou Sene, Youssou N'Dour 05:20
7 Seconds Dido, Youssou N'Dour 06:38
L'arnaque Aldebert, Oxmo Puccino, Youssou N'Dour 03:56
In Your Eyes Youssou N'Dour, Peter Gabriel 10:43
This Dream Youssou N'Dour, Peter Gabriel 05:13

Latest release

Le grand bal

by Youssou N'Dour

19/03/22

269 fans

Youssou N'Dour on tour

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Youssou N'Dour at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) (October 15, 2022)
Edinburgh, UK

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Biography

Few vocalists anywhere in the world carry the influence and beauty of Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, a free-thinking artist at the heart of Africa's emergence as a commercial force throughout the rest of the world; and once described by Rolling Stone magazine as "perhaps the most famous singer alive." Born in Dakar, he began performing at the age of 12 and was soon playing percussion with the Star Band - Dakar's most popular group of the early 1970s - before switching to Orchestre Baobab. He then formed his own band Etoile de Dakar playing in an irresistibly rhythmic Latin style, which gradually embraced more modern rock influences as he linked up with guitarist Jimi Mbaye, bassist Habib Faye and talking drum player Assane Thiam in Super Etoile de Dakar. N'Dour's unique voice, clear-thinking vision and willingness to mix traditional Senegalese mbalax music with electric instrumentation, contemporary rock, Latin samba, hip hop, jazz (and even pop) led to collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon, Branford Marsalis and Neneh Cherry (on the 1994 hit single 7 Seconds). These helped cement his reputation as a major international star, while he has made nearly 30 albums and been a popular touring act for 30 years. He's also been the subject of two films and himself made an impact as a movie actor, playing a slavery abolitionist in Amazing Grace.