Youssou N’Dour

Youssou N'Dour

The 50-year-old Youssou N'Dour has one of those voices that is, if they have been heard, never forget. Those who had not met him in 1989 by the recorded with Peter Gabriel international hit "Shaking The Tree", this did not later than 1994, when he in duet with Neneh Cherry, the daughter of free jazz pioneer Don Cherry and sister of Eagle Eye Cherry, the immensely beguiling catchy "7 Seconds" recorded. Since fOr is clear many music lovers: If a voice representing the entire African continent, it's those of Youssou N'Dour. The Senegalese is like no other for the peaceful dialogue between the various LTo, races, ethnicities, genders and religions. As an advocate of Pan-Africanism is his motto: "Much more important than what divides us, are the similarities that we have."

From Pan-Africanism to Rastafari movement, it is only a small step. The so-called pan-African colors of red, yellow and green are also the colors of the Rastafarians and reggae. On his latest album "Dakar - Kingston" to Youssou N'Dour is dedicated for the first time decidedly reggae, in 1980 after appearing in Bob Marley's Zimbabwe African new took root, changed itself there, and was also more varied.

"From Brazil to Australia and even in Bombay, Africans, Indians and the Portuguese, they all love the one-drop rhythm of roots reggae", Youssou N'Dour sings in the Bob Marley dedicated opener of the new album. And then goes on to say: "In the market his music playing all day long. Marley was a young man who drove them.
He showed the world the way to Reggae / One Love, No Woman, No Cry .... "

Youssou N'Dour shows his affinity for reggae significantly, but does not commit the mistake of trying to pretend the audience that he is a part of the tradition of this music. His approach is also markedly different from that of the typical African reggae Musikern- and artists such as the Ivorians Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoli or the South African Lucky Dube, who in 2007 was victim of the escalating violence in his homeland.

Some of the tracks on this album Youssou N'Dour has already presented on previous albums. this time he gives them but the one-drop rhythms a reggae twist. About the play "Do not Walk Away," which he originally recorded ten years ago in a duet with Sting for the album "Joko From Village To Town", or "Medina" and "pitches Me".

Among the guests, the Youssou N'Dour on "Dakar - Kingston" presented, there is also a very prominent African Stubby, German artist couple: reggae singer Patrice, son of the Sierra Leonean writer Gaston Bart-Williams, took the song N'Dour "Joker" re on, while his partner Ayo Youssou's duet partner in "Africa, Dream again" is.

Of course, the whole album is a tribute to Bob Marley, whose music the Senegalese than 13 years know and love learned. But it is not a simple tribute to the late heroes. Rather regarded Youssou N'Dour, who for the album "Égypte" received his first Grammy in 2005, himself and his work in the reggae mirror.

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