Wednesday’s Artist: Youssou N'Dour The Iconic Singer of Senegal

This Wednesday’s artist is Youssou N’Dour. He is without a doubt, the most famous Senegalese artist. He is a singer, songwriter, composer, actor, businessman, and politician. Yes, one of the very few artists in the political scene is N’Dour.


Every Wednesday of the week, Tunitemusic introduces a new artist and their works. These artists have been chosen regardless of their musical genre.


In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine described Youssou N'dour as, "perhaps the most famous singer alive" in Senegal and much of Africa.


N’Dour has born on October 1st, 1959, in Dakar, Senegal. He has had an important rule in popularising the pop music of Senegal known as Senegambians, in the world. Though he is mostly known for his musical career, he is also an important figure in the world of cinema.


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He is the subject of the award-winning films Return to Gorée (2007) directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love (2008) directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, which were released around the world. Also In 2006, N'Dour was cast as Olaudah Equiano in the film Amazing Grace.


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Discography:


  • 1982: Ndiadiane Ndiaye

  • 1982: Mouride

  • 1982: Independance Vol. 3

  • 1983: Show!!! An Abidjan

  • 1985: Djamil Inédits 84-85

  • 1985: Immigrés

  • 1985: Nelson Mandela

  • 1989: The Lion

  • 1990: Set

  • 1992: Eyes Open

  • 1994: The Guide (Wombat)

  • 1995: Gainde – Voices from the Heart of Africa

  • 1996: Djamil – an anthology

  • 1996: Lii

  • 1997: St. Louis

  • 1999: Special Fin D'annee Plus

  • 1999: Le Grand Bal an Évry

  • 1999: Rewmi

  • 2000: Joko: From Village to Town

  • 2000: Joko: The Link

  • 2000: Le Grand Bal

  • 2001: Ba Tay

  • 2001: Le Grand Bal a Bercy

  • 2002: Nothing's in Vain (Coono Du Réér)

  • 2004: Kirikou Et La Sorciere

  • 2004: Egypt

  • 2005: Jigeen Gni – single

  • 2007: Alsaama Day

  • 2007: Rokku Mi Rokka

  • 2008: I Bring What I Love – film soundtrack

  • 2009: Special Fin D'annee: Salagne-Salagne

  • 2010: Dakar – Kingston

  • 2011: Mbalakh Dafay Wakh

  • 2014: Fatteliku

  • 2016: Senegaal Rek

  • 2016: Africa Rekk

  • 2017: Seeni Valeurs

  • 2018: Respect

  • 2019: History

Compilation Albums:

  • 1995: The Best Of Youssou N'Dour

  • 1996: Euleek Sibir with Omar Pene (You et Pene)

  • 1997: Immigrés/Bitim Rew

  • 1997: Inedits 84–85

  • 1998: Best of the ‘80s

  • 1998: Hey You: The Essential Collection 1988–1990

  • 2001: Birth Of A Star

  • 2002: Youssou N'Dour and His Friends

  • 2002: The Rough Guide To Youssou N'Dour & Etoile de Dakar

  • 2004: Bercy vol. 1 & 2

  • 2004: 7 Seconds: The Best Of Youssou N'Dour (Remastered)

  • 2012: From Senegal to the world

  • 2017: Raxas Bercy 2017

Collaborations:


  • 1986: So from Peter Gabriel - Backing vocals on In Your Eyes.

  • 1989: Passion from Peter Gabriel - Backing vocals on A Different Drum, Passion.

  • 1990: Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats from Peter Gabriel - Mercy Street and Shaking the Tree.

  • 2000: Album Solidays - Song Qui sait? - For the association Solidarité sida - With Anggun, Patrick Bruel, Stephan Eicher, Faudel, Peter Gabriel, Lââm, Lokua Kanza, Nourith, Axelle Red & Zucchero.

  • 2003: Hit from Peter Gabriel - Backing vocals on In Your Eyes.

  • 2005: Live 8: One Day, One Concert, One World - DVD Various Artists - Youssou N'Dour sings 7 Seconds with Dido.

  • 2005: Live 8 Paris: DVD Various Artists - Youssou sings at the end of the concert New Africa/Lima Weesu.

  • 2007: Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur Various Artists - Youssou sings Jealous Guy.

  • 2008: Bord Ezanga Kombo from Koffi Olomide - Youssou on Festival.

  • 2009: Les Amis Du Monde with the Lebanese Diva Majida El Roumi for The Francophone Games Opening - 2009 in Beirut


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