Youssou N’Dour: Voice of Africa, BBC Four

Senegal’s star singer keeps his secrets

Youssou N'Dour: "the sexiest, most charismastic figure to emerge from the whole world music phenomenon"

Youssou N’Dour: “the sexiest, most charismastic figure to emerge from the whole world music phenomenon”

You either get Youssou N’Dour, or you don’t. For millions on his home turf, the Senegalese singer is a major cultural figure: the street urchin-turned-superstar who almost became president. For large numbers of Western fellow travellers he’s the sexiest, most charismastic figure to emerge from the whole world music phenomenon. For everyone else, specifically the 99 percent of the Western public who aren’t into world music and didn’t buy 7 Seconds (and even some of those who did), he’s, well, a bit boring: an average-looking, dull interviewee, whose music floats by in a simultaneous blur of exoticism and odd blandness.
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