Youssou N'Dour

Youssou N'Dour

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Youssou n'Dour was born in Dakar in 1959 and began singing as a child performer at neighborhood gatherings in the tough Medina section of Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. He took formally to the stage at age 12 and by his mid-teens was singing regularly with the Star Band, the most successful group in Senegal at that time. In 1979, he formed his own ensemble, the Etoile de Dakar, which, by 1981, had evolved into The Super Etoile. The most famous band in Africa, The Super Etoile, guided by Youssou N'Dour has crafted and invented a thoroughly modern African pop style, one which has gone on to influence artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon.

It was Gabriel, in fact, who introduced N'Dour to American and British artists via his So album (in 1986) and took N'Dour and The Super Etoile on the road with him in a subsequent world tour. In 1988, Youssou N'Dour was a co-headliner on the Amnesty International "Human Rights Now!" tour alongside Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Tracy Chapman. It was during the "Human Rights Now!" tour that N'Dour first heard Chimes Of Freedom and became friends with Branford Marsalis, who appears on The Guide.

N'Dour's first international album releases on Virgin, The Lion (1989), produced by George Acogny and containing the N'Dour-Gabriel composed single "Shaking The Tree"; and Set (1990), produced by Brian Eno-compadre Michael Brook, prompted Brian Cullman to write in Rolling Stone: "If any third world performer has a real shot at the sort of universal popularity last enjoyed by Bob Marley, it's Youssou, a singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it."

In the summer of 1991, Youssou N'Dour signed to Spike Lee's 40 Acres & A Mule Musicworks label, distributed by Columbia. N'Dour was impressed by Lee's stated commitment to "enlarging the legacy of great African-American music" in a wide range of styles and Lee's belief that N'Dour's music constituted a part of that legacy. The result of that union was 1992's Eyes Open; self-produced by N'Dour at his own state-of-the-art Xippi Studio in Dakar and featuring The Super Etoile, Eyes Open went on to win a Grammy Award nomination.

Since the release of Eyes Open, Youssou N'Dour was made an ambassador for UNICEF in conjunction with the Year Of The Child. In July 1993, an African opera composed by N'Dour premiered at the Paris Opera. N'Dour was the subject of a recent episode of the BBC's Rhythms Of The World program.
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Youssou N'Dour Discography

Albums

MCA 304 Youssou Ndour* et le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* et le Super Etoile* - Ndiadiane Ndiaye(LP) MCA (3) MCA 304 France 1982 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Mouride (Album) Not On Label France 1982 Sell This Version
none Youssou Ndour* Independance Vol. 3(Cass, Album) Touba K7 none Senegal 1982 Sell This Version
DS 8006 Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar / Etoile 2000 De Dakar* Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar / Etoile 2000 De Dakar* - Diakarlo 83(LP, Album) Disco Stock DS 8006 Ivory Coast 1982 Sell This Version
ED 0010 Youssou* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Show !!! A Abidjan(LP, Album) Not On Label ED 0010 Ivory Coast 1983 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela (Album) Magnetic Records (9) Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour "Djamil" Inedits 84-85 (Album, Comp) Celluloid France 1985 Sell This Version
none Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile I De Dakar* Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile I De Dakar* - Jamm - La Paix - Vol. 12(Cass, Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1986 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour And Super Etoile De Dakar* Youssou N'Dour And Super Etoile De Dakar* - Nelson Mandela (Album) Earthworks UK 1986 Sell This Version
none Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile* Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile* - Vol. 13 Kocc Barma(Cass, Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1987 Sell This Version
Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Immigrés / Bitim Rew (Album) Celluloid France 1985 Sell This Version
none Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile* Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile* - Gaïndé (Edition Africaine) Vol. 14(Cass, Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1988 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile* Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile* - Set (Album) Not On Label 1989 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour The Lion (Album) Virgin, Virgin Canada 1989 Sell This Version
none Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* - Jamm - Vol. 15 Hors Serie(Cass, Album) Not On Label none Senegal 1989 Sell This Version
CN 5383/S Youssou N'Dour In Concert-465(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5383/S UK 1989 Sell This Version
none Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* - Set (Vol. 15)(Cass, Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1989 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour Set (Album) Virgin UK 1990 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Xippi (Album) Not On Label (Youssou N'Dour Self-released) Ivory Coast 1991 Sell This Version
none Youssou Ndour* et Le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* et Le Super Etoile* - Live Olympia (World Tour)(Cass, Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1991 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour Eyes Open (Album) Columbia, Columbia, 40 Acres And A Mule MusicWorks, 40 Acres And A Mule MusicWorks US 1992 Sell This Version
TCD 0489 Youssou N'Dour In Concert 560 - Glastonbury Festival 1992(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0489 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Youssou N'Dour The Guide (Wommat) (Album) Columbia, Columbia 1994 Sell This Version
none Youssou Ndour* Wommat(Cass) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1995 Sell This Version
58.391 Yandé Codou Sène & Youssou N'Dour Yandé Codou Sène & Youssou N'Dour - Senegal: Gainde - Voices From The Heart Of Africa(CD, Album) Network Medien 58.391 Germany 1995 Sell This Version