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Youssou N'Dour

Youssou N'Dour, musician. Achievements include writing, performing the official anthem 1998 Fédération internationale de football association World Cup with Axelle Red "La Cour des Grands". Named Best African Act, Music of Black Origin (Mobo), 2003, Best African Entertainer, International Reggae & World Music Awards, 2005; named one of The World's Most Influential People, TIME magazine, 2007.

Background

  • N'Dour, Youssou was born on October 1, 1959 in Dakar, Senegal. Son of Elimane N'Dour and Ndeye Sokhana Mboup.

  • Education

    • Student, Ecole des Arts, Dakar.

    Career

    • Singer Star Band, Etoile de Dakar, Super Etoile de Dakar (formerly Etoile de Dakar). Founder Society Africaine Production Musicales, Studio Xippi. Participant Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour, 1988, First International Festival Arts, New York City.

      Represented by Virgin Records, Columbia Records, 1990—1993, Chaos, since 1994.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include writing, performing the official anthem 1998 Fédération internationale de football association World Cup with Axelle Red "La Cour des Grands".

    Works

    • Musician: (albums) Bitim Rew, 1984, Nelson Mandela, 1986, Immigrés, 1988, The Lion, 1989, Set, 1990, Eyes Open, 1992, Guide Wommat, 1994, Djamil, 1996, Inedits 84-85, 1997, Special Fin D'annee Plus, 1999, Joko from Village to Town, 2000, Joko: The Link, 2000, Le Grand Bal, 2000, Lii, 2000, Rewmi, 2000, St. Louis, 2000, Le Grand Bal a Bercy, 2001, Yousoo N'Dour and His Friends, 2002, Ba Tay, 2002, Nothing's in Vain, 2002, Kirikou, 2004, Egypt, 2004 (Grammy award for Best Contemporary World Music Album, 2005), Badou, 2006, Le Grand Bal 2003, 2007, Rokku Mi Rokka, 2007. Actor: (films) Amazing Grace, 2006.

    Membership

    Organizer, performer Concert United Against Malaria, 2005.

    Connections

    • Married; 3 children.
    • father: Elimane N'Dour
    • mother: Ndeye Sokhana Mboup
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    Born October 1, 1959
    (age 57)
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