Youssou N'dour

Musician (Senegal)

| Utne Reader September / October 2007

Perhaps the best-known African singer of all, N'Dour is widely known for his hit '7 Seconds' with Neneh Cherry, but in his own right, with his band Super Etoile de Dakar, he changed the face of Senegalese music with a radical form of energetic, polyrhythmic music called mbalax, which spread across West Africa. He's become a figurehead for the continent, campaigning for AIDS awareness and speaking against corruption and genocide. His finest albums remain Immigr?s and the Grammy-winning Egypt.

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