Youssou N’Dour

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Youssou N'Dour (French pronunciation: ​[jusu nˈduʁ]; born 1 October 1959) is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and a politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, "perhaps the most famous singer alive" in Senegal and much of Africa. From April 2012 to October 2012, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism and Culture, and from October 2012 to September 2013, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism and Leisure.

N'Dour helped to develop a style of popular Senegalese music known in the Serer language as mbalax, which derives from the conservative Serer music tradition of "Njuup". He is the subject of the award-winning films Return to Goree directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, which were released around the world.

In 2006, N'Dour was cast as Olaudah Equiano in the film Amazing Grace.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Immigrés Youssou N’Dour 5
1986 Nelson Mandela Youssou N’Dour 2
1989 The Lion Youssou N’Dour 2
1990 Set Youssou N’Dour 2
1992 Eyes Open Youssou N’Dour 2
1994 The Guide (Wommat) Youssou N’Dour 3
1995 Gainde: Voices From the Heart of Africa Yandé Codou Sène & Youssou N’Dour 1
1997 Djamil: Inedits 84-85 Youssou N’Dour 3
2000 Joko (The Link) Youssou N’Dour 1
2000 Joko: From Village to Town Youssou N’Dour 2
2002 Ba Tay Youssou N’Dour 1
2002 Nothing's in Vain (Coono du Réér) Youssou N’Dour 3
2004 Egypt Youssou N’Dour 3
2007 Alsaama Day Youssou N’Dour 1
2007 Rokku Mi Rokka Youssou N’Dour 3
2010 Dakar - Kingston Youssou N’Dour 3
2012 From Senegal to the World: 80s Classics & Rarities Youssou N’Dour 2
Mballax Dafay Wax Youssou N’Dour 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Hey You!: The Best of Youssou N'Dour Youssou N’Dour 1
1994 The Best of Youssou N'Dour Youssou N’Dour 1
2001 Birth of a Star: 11 Giant Dakar Hits Youssou N’Dour 1
2002 The Rough Guide to Youssou N'Dour & Étoile de Dakar Youssou N’Dour & Étoile de Dakar 1
2004 7 Seconds: The Best of Youssou N'Dour Youssou N’Dour 1
2005 Hey You! Youssou N’Dour 1
2006 Best of 80's Youssou N’Dour 1
2010 Once Upon a Time in Senegal: The Birth of Mbalax 1979-1981 Étoile de Dakar featuring Youssou N’Dour 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Le Grand Bal à Bercy Youssou N’Dour 1
2005 Bercy 2005 Youssou N’Dour 1
2015 Fatteliku (Live in Athens 1987) Youssou N’Dour et Le Super Étoile de Dakar 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Shakin’ the Tree Youssou N’Dour & Peter Gabriel 1
1994 7 Seconds Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry 4 6
1994 Undecided Youssou N’Dour 2
1998 How Come Youssou N’Dour & Canibus 1
2002 So Many Men Youssou N’Dour & Pascal Obispo 1
Do You Mind If I Play Youssou N’Dour & Axelle Red 1
Undecided Youssou N’Dour feat. Neneh Cherry 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Kirikou et la Sorcière Youssou N’Dour 1

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