Youssou N’Dour to make music comeback at Bercy

Aiming High: Youssou N'Dour [Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI]

Coming Back: Youssou N’Dour [Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI]

Senegalese mbalax king -Youssou Ndour and his Super Etoile Band are gearing up for what could be described as N’Dour’s music comeback at a grand concerts slated for October 12th 2013, at the Palais Omnisports De Paris Bercy, France.

According to reports reaching What’s On, this concert will be N’Dour’s first after leaving office as Senegal’s minister of Culture. Born in Dakar in 1959, Youssou Ndour is one of the most successful African artistes of recent times. He started his career as a child performer at neighborhood gatherings in the tough Medina Section of Dakar, Senegal.

N’Dour 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 earn a Grammy Award nomination.

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