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Youssou N'dour

N'Dour came to worldwide attention in the 1980s after being "discovered" by Peter Gabriel (he was already loved in France and a major star in his native Senegal) and impressing listeners with his high, soulful wails and incredible vocal technique. On his own recordings, he had invented a style of music known as mbalax -- a blend of African music with Caribbean and pop influences. N'Dour's music can surprise, with Cuban influenced horns working side by side with rhythmic guitars, a variety of sung trills, rhymes and scat interspersed between the sweetest melodies you've ever heard. Working with artists like Sting, Neneh Cherry, Branford Marsalis, Wyclef Jean and Gabriel helps N'Dour get his music to a wider audience, but it is his own recordings in which you can truly appreciate this astounding singer.

Youssou N'dour Concert Films

  • Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1989

    Youssou N'dour

    Year: 1988

    Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

    Youssou N’Dour is one of the true superstars of African music. A native of Dakar in Senegal he has been singing and performing since his childhood. He has performed with many leading western artists including Paul Simon, Neneh Cherry and Branford Marsalis but is perhaps best known for his association with Peter Gabriel. He was one of the stars of the 1988 Amnesty Tour and appeared at 8 Live concerts in Hyde Park, the Eden Project, Paris and Edinburgh – three of them on the same day! This concert from 1989 features Youssou N’Dour with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar and was the first of four appearances he has made at the Montreux festival to date. N’Dour’s voice is as fine as ever and the show is a showcase for the colour, emotion and energy so characteristic of his performances.

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