So far on our CPA Sufi Journey, we’ve heard the music of Hossein Alizadeh and the stories of young Muslims living in New York. Next, we turn to world-renowned musician and Senegalese pop star, Youssou N’Dour.
To learn more about Youssou N’Dour’s career, influences and inspirations, we invite you to join us for a screening of the documentary I Bring What I Love on October 17.
I Bring What I Love explores the evolution of Youssou N’Dour from the age of 16, when he first became interested in music, to the launch of his career. The film documents N’Dour’s journey in 2004 to release an album titled Egypt that was recorded in collaboration with devotional praise singers and sparked intense controversy. I Bring What I Love highlights the social and moral function of music for Senegalese in everyday life as well as the deeply complex relationship between music and Islam for Youssou N’Dour. The film raises many questions: Is music allowed in Islam? How might one speak to God through music?
The film screening will be at 7 pm at Mandela Auditorium and is free and open to the public. To view the trailer for I Bring What I love, click here.
Youssou N’Dour performs traditional Sufi Songs as well as songs from his 2004 album Egypt, live at Memorial Hall on October 25. To purchase tickets to his upcoming performance, click here.