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Rooted in local African rhythms, mbalax music has allowed Youssou N'Dour's voice to soar with a whole new freedom.
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December 27, 2010 Ever since he burst onto the scene in Dakar, Senegal, in the early 1970s at age 12, Youssou N'Dour has been a sensation -- a musical chameleon capable of a seductive whisper or a siren's cry.
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December 27, 2007 Banning Eyre, senior editor of Afropop.org, shines the spotlight on Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean with his picks for the year's best albums. Among his selections: Watina, an effort by singer Andy Palacio to preserve the culture of the Garifuna people of Central America.
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November 26, 2007 Recognized in Time Magazine's 2007 list of the world's 100 most influential people, Senegal's Youssou N'Dour is known in some circles as "the most famous African singer alive." He discusses his new album (Rokku Mi Rokka) and the inspiring messages behind his lyrics.
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November 4, 2007 Whether for political protest, celebration or sheer musical experimentation, African musicians continue to develop their native traditions. All Songs Considered presents some of the best African music out right now.
October 12, 2007 Host Bob Boilen looks at some of the most anticipated CDs coming out before the end of the year, with NPR reviewers Meredith Ochs, Tom Moon and Robert Christgau. Hear new music from Radiohead, Neil Young, Youssou N'Dour and more.
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May 7, 2004 Senegal's Youssou N'Dour is one of the most successful and original African pop singers of all time. The set list for this high-energy concert includes some of N'Dour's best material, including "Shaking the Tree" and "Birima."
November 11, 2002 New acoustic music from Youssou N'Dour; The African fusion of Mali's Salif Keita; The remastered Nonesuch Explorer Series; Stardust memories of Hoagy Carmichael; A jazz revolution from Django Reinhardt; An All Songs great unknown: Piñataland; And an infectious tune from Kim Richey.
September 21, 2001 NPR's Ivan Watson report on the music of Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour. N'Dour has been performing for over three decades, and the social commentaries in his songs continue to strike a chord with people of all age. (5:44
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May 16, 2000 Charles de Ledesma reviews a new CD from Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, called Joko. Ledesma says the album is a bit of a hybrid, with half the songs based in the classic tradition of West African music, and the other half with a more pop and hip-hop music sound.
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