Youssou N'Dour

Born 1 October 1959.
Youssou N'Dour


Youssou N'Dour (born 1 October 1959) is a Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and a politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, "perhaps the most famous singer alive" in Senegal and much of Africa. From April 2012 to October 2012, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism and Culture, and from October 2012 to September 2013, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism and Leisure.

N'Dour helped to develop a style of popular Senegalese music known in the Serer language as mbalax, which derives from the conservative Serer music tradition of "Njuup". He is the subject of the award-winning films Return to Goree directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, which were released around the world.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of From Senegal to the World: 80s Classics and Rarities

    From Senegal to the World: 80s Classics and Rarities 2012

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Unlikely to stand out beside more complete N’Dour compilation sets.
  2. Review of Dakar – Kingston

    Dakar – Kingston 2010

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    A typically international project from the Senegalese star.
  3. Review of Rokku Mi Rokku

    Rokku Mi Rokku 2007

    Reviewed by Tim Nelson
    Youssou gives us a needlessly Westernised offering...
  4. Review of Egypt

    Egypt 2004

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    '...Egypt comes as a surprise. And a breath of fresh air.'
  5. Review of Nothing's in Vain (Coono du reer)

    Nothing's in Vain (Coono du reer)

    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    Senegalese superstar returns with album that uses traditional African instruments in...
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