Youssou Ndour is an international star in the world of Afropop and World Beat. A singer, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, and politician, Rolling Stone described him as “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa for his “arresting tenor, a supple weapon deployed with prophetic authority”.
Ndour gained recognition since the young age of 14 for his musical talent and was affectionately dubbed Le Petite Prince De Dakar (or The Little Prince of Dakar). By the mid-80’s, he gained international notoriety with his band Super Etoile De Dakar. Ndour’s mix of traditional Senegalese mbalax music with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban rumba to hip hop, jazz and soul won him an international fan base. He has collaborated with some of music’s biggest names like Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Wyclef Jean, Sting and Peter Gabriel, further cementing his wide ranging influence and cultural importance.
A winner of the BBC Radio 3 Award for Best African Artist of the 20th Century and Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music, Youssou Ndour and Le Super Etoile De Dakar are an education in and celebration of the complexity and depth of Senegalese music. Catch them LIVE on Saturday 1st April at #SingJazz2017!
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