“A voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it.” – The New York Times
Throughout a 30-year recording career, Youssou N’Dour’s roots in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling have remained the hallmark of his artistic personality. Transforming his native mbalax music with influences from Cuban rumba, reggae, hip hop, jazz and soul, he is a daring innovator and staunch protector of the unique “Dakar overgroove.” N’Dour and his high-energy band Super Etoile fashion a sound that is both characteristically Senegalese and outward-looking—a contagiously
exciting synthesis of musical languages.
This performance features a selection of songs from the Sufi tradition including music from the Grammy-winning album Egypt, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam. N’Dour will be joined by guest Senegalese vocalists Moustapha Mbaye and Alioune Badara along with members of Super Etoile.
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Monday, October 17 at 7pm
Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center
Join us for a screening of I Bring What I Love, a portrait of pop star Youssou N’Dour and his efforts to record Egypt, an album in response to negative perceptions of Islam. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30pm
Fiona McLaughlin, professor of African Linguistics at the University of Florida, will introduce us to Youssou N’Dour’s music and the contemporary cultural traditions that shape his work. This event is free and open to the public.