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Time Magazine has named Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour one of the "100 Most Influential People" of 2007. And now the four-time Grammy winner, Africa's greatest star and "the protector of the Dakar Overgroove", returns to the US with his big band, the Super Etoile.
Senegalese popular music known in the Wolof language as mbalax, an enchanting blend of Senegal's traditional percussion and griot singing with Afro-Cuban and indigenous dance flavors, has found in YOUSSOU N'DOUR both its enduring symbol and its hardiest innovator. N'Dour (born in 1959 in Dakar), a vocal artist with incredible range and poise, has made mbalax famous throughout the world in more than twenty years of touring outside of Senegal with his band. The Super Etoile "plays with a joyous precision", The Los Angeles Times noted, and The (London) Guardian has called their music "the finest example yet of the meeting of African and Western music: wholesome, urgent and thoughtful".
Frequent collaborator Peter Gabriel himself so succinctly put it, "Youssou N'Dour is now one of the best loved voices in the world". Another commentator has said that N'DOUR's music "encourages you to think globally while dancing locally". Yet for all of its openness toward other musical cultures, for all of his wit and cosmopolitan grace, mbalax remains an edgy, idiosyncratic music now so much a part of the Senegalese national identity as to be almost indistinguishable from it. N'Dour consequently finds himself nothing less than a cultural icon in his country and in the Senegalese and West African diaspora, including in the United States. Throughout an astonishing international career, N'Dour's rootedness in Senegalese dance music and singing remains the hallmark of his musical personality.
The 2007 tour features the beloved big band that has toured with N'Dour for two decades - the mighty engine behind the all-night sweat-soaked parties in Dakar, Paris and New York City. This follows N'Dour's astonishing Grammy-winning Egypt CD for Nonesuch in 2004, recorded with a 20-piece Egyptian orchestra.