Youssou N'Dour

Vero nome:
Youssou Madjiguène Ndour
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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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Albums

E.D.008, E.D 008 Youssou N'Dour - Mouride artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Mouride (Album) Not On Label (Etoile De Dakar Self-released) E.D.008, E.D 008 France 1982 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Vol. 3 : Independance artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* Vol. 3 : Independance(Cass, Album) Touba K7 none Senegal 1982 Vendi questa versione
MCA 304 Youssou N'Dour - Ndiadiane Ndiaye artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* et le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* et le Super Etoile* - Ndiadiane Ndiaye(LP) MCA (3) MCA 304 France 1982 Vendi questa versione
ED 010, ED 0010 Youssou N'Dour - Show !!! A Abidjan artwork dell'album Youssou* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Show !!! A Abidjan(LP, Album) Not On Label (Etoile De Dakar Self-released), Not On Label (Etoile De Dakar Self-released) ED 010, ED 0010 Gabon 1983 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Africa - Vol. 9 Deebeub  artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Africa - Vol. 9 Deebeub (Cass, Album) Super Etoile none Senegal 1984 Vendi questa versione
1026 Youssou N'Dour - Vol.11 - Bekoor  artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Vol.11 - Bekoor (Album) AMHS 1026 Senegal 1985 Vendi questa versione
CEL 6809 Youssou N'Dour - Djamil Inédits 84-85 artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* Djamil Inédits 84-85 (Album) Celluloid CEL 6809 France 1985 Vendi questa versione
240 446 4 Youssou N'Dour - Nelson Mandela artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela (Album) Magnetic Records (9) 240 446 4 France 1985 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Vol.10 Ndobine   artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Vol.10 Ndobine (Cass, Album) Super Etoile none Senegal 1985 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Jamm - La Paix - Vol. 12 artwork dell'album 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 Vendi questa versione
ERT 1009 Youssou N'Dour - Nelson Mandela artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour And Super Etoile De Dakar* Youssou N'Dour And Super Etoile De Dakar* - Nelson Mandela (Album) Earthworks ERT 1009 UK 1986 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Vol. 13 Kocc Barma artwork dell'album 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 Vendi questa versione
66709-2 Youssou N'Dour - Immigrés / Bitim Rew artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Immigrés / Bitim Rew (Album) Celluloid 66709-2 France 1985 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Vol. 14  Gaïndé  - Edition Africaine artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Vol. 14 Gaïndé - Edition Africaine(Cass, Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1988 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Jamm - Vol. 15 Hors Serie artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* - Jamm - Vol. 15 Hors Serie (Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1989 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Set (Vol. 15) artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* Et Le Super Etoile* - Set (Vol. 15) (Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1989 Vendi questa versione
VL 2584 Youssou N'Dour - The Lion artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour The Lion (Album) Virgin, Virgin VL 2584 Canada 1989 Vendi questa versione
CN 5383/S Youssou N'Dour - In Concert-465 artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour In Concert-465(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5383/S UK 1989 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Set artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Set (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin none France 1990 Vendi questa versione
E 220192- 4 Youssou N'Dour - Xippi artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Xippi (Album) EMI E 220192- 4 Ivory Coast 1991 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Live Olympia (World Tour) artwork dell'album Youssou Ndour* et Le Super Etoile* Youssou Ndour* et Le Super Etoile* - Live Olympia (World Tour)(Cass, Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1991 Vendi questa versione
471186 2, COL 471186 2 Youssou N'Dour - Eyes Open artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Eyes Open (Album) Columbia, Columbia, 40 Acres And A Mule MusicWorks, 40 Acres And A Mule MusicWorks 471186 2, COL 471186 2 Europe 1992 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Xippi N°2 artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile* Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile* - Xippi N°2(Cass, Album) Not On Label (Youssou N'Dour Self-released) none Senegal 1992 Vendi questa versione
none Youssou N'Dour - Spécial Noël artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour Spécial Noël (Album) Saprom Productions none Senegal 1993 Vendi questa versione
TCD 0489 Youssou N'Dour - In Concert - 560 artwork dell'album Youssou N'Dour In Concert - 560(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0489 UK 1993 Vendi questa versione