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Youssou N'Dour

Band, *1959 SN, Dakar
Singer / Musician / Composer / Songwriter of World

Youssou n'Dour was born in Dakar in 1959 and began singing as a child performer at neighborhood gatherings in the tough Medina section of Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. He 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 win a Grammy Award nomination. Since the release of Eyes Open, Youssou N'Dour was made an ambassador for UNICEF in conjunction with the Year Of The Child. In July 1993, an African opera composed by N'Dour premiered at the Paris Opera. N'Dour was the subject of a recent episode of the BBC's Rhythms Of The World program.

PortraitBabacar Faye
perc, djm, bvoc
PortraitJean-Philippe Rykiel
key *1961 FR
PortraitAssane Thiam
PortraitHabib Faye
key, b 1965-2018 SN
PortraitAnn Calvert
PortraitMaria Popkiewicz
voc, bvoc FR
PortraitAlla Seck
voc, bvoc
Mamadou Mbaye
PortraitIbou Konate
bvoc, tr SN
PortraitEmmanuelle Bale
Papa Oumar Ngom
Magatte Dieng
Mamadou Dieng
Laurence Darpy
Ouzin Ndiaye
Popular Tracks   
7 Seconds (feat. Neneh Cherry) on The Guide by Youssou N'Dour
In Your Eyes on Fatteliku by Youssou N'Dour
7 Seconds - Live at Live 8, Palais de Versailles, Paris, 2nd July 2005 on Live 8 by Various Artists
Serin Fallu on Africa Rekk by Youssou N'Dour
Mali 2002 on Mali 2002 – Single by Various Artists
Birima on Joko: The Link by Youssou N'Dour
Yittè on Seeni Valeurs by Youssou N'Dour
Liggeey on Joko: The Link by Youssou N'Dour
Birima on History by Youssou N'Dour
Dara du KO daqq on Respect by Youssou N'Dour

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
#Senegaal RekkYoussou N'Dour2016Album
Africa RekkYoussou N'Dour2016Album
Live In Athens 1987 (The Full Recorded Show)Peter Gabriel Including Youssou N'Dour And Le Super Etoile De Dakar2013Album
Senegal SuperstarYoussou N'Dour2013Compil.
Live - FattelikuYoussou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar2013Album
United Against Malaria Concert - Live 2005Youssou N'Dour2012Album
Dakar – KingstonYoussou N'Dour2010Album
I Bring What I LoveYoussou N'Dour2010Single
(Music From The Motion Picture) I Bring What I LoveYoussou N'Dour2010Compil.
L'OpportunitàPupo, Paolo Belli, Youssou N'Dour2009Album
Spécial Fin D'Année 2009Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2009Album
Return To GoréeYoussou N'Dour2009Album
Le Grand Bal Bercy 2008Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2008Album
Alsaama DayYoussou N'Dour2007Album
A SamplerYoussou N'Dour2007Compil.
X3 - Eyes Open / Joko: From Village To Town / The GuideYoussou N'Dour2007Compil.
Wake Up (It's Africa Calling)Youssou N'Dour With cirKus2007Single
Rokku Mi Rokka (Give And Take)Youssou N'Dour2007Album
Live At Montreux 1989Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2005Album
Live At Montreux 1989Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2005Album
BadouYoussou N'Dour2005Album
7 Seconds: The Best OfYoussou N'Dour2004Compil.
Bercy 2004 Vol, IIYoussou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2004Album
EgyptYoussou N'Dour2004Album
Live At Union ChapelYoussou N'Dour2003Album
Le Grand Bal Paris Bercy 2002Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar2003Album
Eyes OpenYoussou N'Dour2003Album
Le Grand Bal Paris Bercy 2003Youssou N'Dour2003Album
Nothing's In Vain (Coono Du Réér)Youssou N'Dour2002Album
Vol 2Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar2002Album
So Many MenYoussou N'Dour, Pascal Obispo2002Single
Vol 4Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar2002Album
Le Grand Bal Bercy 2001Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar2002Album
Vol 3Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar2002Album
LiveYoussou N'Dour2002Album
So Many MenYoussou N'Dour, Joy Denalane2002Single
The Rough Guide To Youssou N'Dour & Étoile De DakarYoussou N'Dour & Etoile De Dakar2002Compil.
La Ronde Des Écoliers Du MondeYoussou N'Dour2001Single
Le Grand Bal Bercy 2001 Vol 2Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2001Album
Vol 1Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar2001Album
Le Grand Bal Bercy 2001 Vol. 1Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2001Album
The World Of Youssou N'DourYoussou N'Dour2001Album
Le Grand Bal à BercyYoussou N'Dour2001Album
Ba TayYoussou N'Dour2001Album
Youssou N'Dour And His FriendsYoussou N'Dour2001Compil.
Birth Of A Star - 11 Giant Dakar HitsYoussou N'Dour2001Compil.
Le Grand Bal Vol. 1 & 2Youssou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2000Album
Joko (From Village To Town)Youssou N'Dour2000Album
Don't Walk AwayYoussou N'Dour2000Single
Qui Sait ?Anggun, Patrick Bruel, Stephan Eicher, Faudel, Peter Gabriel, Lââm, Lokua Kanza, Youssou N'Dour, Nourith, Axelle Red, Zucchero2000Single
Volume 4 : Khaley EtoileEtoile De Dakar Featuring Youssou N'Dour, Mar Seck & El Hadji Faye2000Compil.
My Hope Is In You / You Sang To MeYoussou N'Dour, Marc Anthony2000Single
BirimaYoussou N'Dour2000Single
RewmiYoussou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar2000Album
Spècial Fin D'Année PlusYoussou N'Dour1999Album
My Hope Is In YouYoussou N'Dour1999Single
La Cour Des GrandsYoussou N'Dour1998Album
Kirikou Et La SorcièreYoussou N'Dour1998Single
How ComeYoussou N'Dour & Canibus1998Single
Volume 4: Khaley EtoileEtoile De Dakar Featuring Youssou N'Dour, Mar Seck & El Hadji Faye1998Compil.
La Cour Des Grands (A Ton Tour De Jouer)Youssou N'Dour • Axelle Red1998Single
St. LouisYoussou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar1997Album
Hey You! - The Essential Collection 1988 - 1990Youssou N'Dour1997Compil.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-DaYoussou N'Dour1996Single
Volume 3: Lay Suma LayEtoile De Dakar Featuring Youssou N'Dour & El Hadji Faye1996Compil.
Anime (Rou) / Cast No ShadowMassimo Di Cataldo & Youssou N'Dour / Oasis1996Single
Lii !Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar1996Album
Anime RouMassimo Di Cataldo Featuring Youssou N'Dour1996Single
Senegal: Gainde - Voices From The Heart Of AfricaYandé Codou Sène & Youssou N'Dour1995Album
Chimes Of FreedomYoussou N'Dour1995Single
Undecided / Estoy AquiYoussou N'Dour / Rosario Flores1994Single
Mame BambaYoussou N'Dour1994Single
Volume 2 : ThiapathiolyEtoile De Dakar Featuring Youssou N'Dour & El Hadji Faye1994Compil.
7 Seconds / CrazyYoussou N'Dour / Julio Iglesias1994Single
UndecidedYoussou N'Dour1994Single
7 SecondsYoussou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry1994Single
The Guide (Wommat)Youssou N'Dour1994Album
The Best OfYoussou N'Dour1994Compil.
Hey You! (The Best Of Youssou N'Dour)Youssou N'Dour1993Compil.
Volume 1 : Absa GueyeEtoile De Dakar Featuring Youssou N'Dour1993Compil.
In Concert 560 - Glastonbury Festival 1992Youssou N'Dour1993Album
HopeYoussou N'Dour1992Single
Eyes OpenYoussou N'Dour1992Album
Africa RemembersYoussou N'Dour1992Single
Eyes Open Special SamplerYoussou N'Dour1992Compil.
SetYoussou N'Dour1990Album
L'Etoile De La MedinaYoussou N'Dour & Peter Gabriel1990Album
ToxiquesYoussou N'Dour1990Single
Shakin' The TreeYoussou N'Dour & Peter Gabriel1989Album
The LionYoussou N'Dour1989Album
In Concert-465Youssou N'Dour1989Album
The Lion / GaïendeYoussou N'Dour1989Single
Straight Up / Shakin' The TreePaula Abdul / Youssou N'Dour With Peter Gabriel1989Single
Undo #1 / Shakin' The TreeRyuichi Sakamoto / Youssou N'Dour With Peter Gabriel1989Single
Shango AffairYoussou N'Dour1988Single
Immigrés / Bitim RewYoussou N'Dour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar1988Album
Nelson MandelaYoussou N'Dour And Le Super Etoile De Dakar1986Album
Nelson MandelaYoussou N'Dour1985Album
The Rubberband ManYoussou N'Dour1985Single
Djamil Inédits 84-85Youssou N'Dour1985Album
Ndiadiane NdiayeYoussou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile De Dakar1982Album
Diakarlo 83Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar / Etoile 20001982Compil.
DiongomaYoussou N'DourAlbum
Best Of 80'sYoussou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De DakarCompil.
Le Live des 10 Ans du Super Etoile de DakarYoussou N'DourAlbum
Do You Mind If I PlayYoussou N'DourAlbum
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