Yoro Ndiaye: globalFEST 2011 Senegalese singer and guitarist Yoro Ndiaye grew up building his own instruments in his father’s workshop and learning from local musicians in his small hometown.
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Yoro Ndiaye In Concert: globalFEST 2011

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Yoro Ndiaye: globalFEST 2011

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Yoro Ndiaye In Concert: globalFEST 2011

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If you've ever wondered what form singer-songwriters take in other countries, listen to Senegalese singer and guitarist Yoro Ndiaye in his U.S. debut. Ndiaye built his own guitars in his father's workshop as a child. He learned music from local musicians in his small hometown, eventually dropping out of college to perform. In 2003 Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour, one of Africa's best-known singers, heard Ndiaye and invited him to be the opening performer on his show. When you hear this globalFEST performance, you'll hear the charm that captured N'Dour's ear.