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Quiz singer Youssou N'Dour

May 23rd, 2011
09:25 PM ET

Voted by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Youssou N’Dour is Africa’s most famous singer.

The Senegalese musician first walked onto a stage at the age of 12 and went on to craft a style of African pop that has won him international acclaim.

Peter Gabriel first introduced western audiences to N’Dour via his album “So”.

But N’Dour has since gone on to collaborate with Neneh Cherry, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Tracy Chapman and his voices has come to resonate throughout the world

A powerful icon in Africa, N’Dour is actively involved in social issues and is dedicated to promoting human rights and religious tolerance – a cause that was captured most poignantly and successfully in the award-winning documentary “I Bring What I Love”.

The film follows N’Dour as he prepares to release his most controversial and personal album, the Grammy-award winning “Egypt”.

After delaying the release due to the September 11 attacks, N’Dour went on tour, and with this musical journey showed the world a more tolerant face of Islam.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. eric brown

    I'm a huge fan – where do you get your influences from? Does Senegalese music influence you as much as someone like Lady gaga?

    May 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Youssou N’Dour and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Youssou N’Dour on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve Africa and its Allies?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting Youssou N’Dour’s replies.
    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    May 24, 2011 at 1:04 am | Reply
  3. ivone jorge

    Hello youssou n`dour,congratulation,the all world wil no is time for Africa do shine,

    May 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply

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