What are the greatest achievements of Youssou N’dour in his musical and movie career? Has he included in richest musician in Africa 2015 Forbes’ rating? Read the article to learn the most interesting facts about the singer and his road to success.
Who is the richest musician in Africa 2016?
Youssou N’dour is a Senegalese singer, actor, therichest musician in Africa and politician. At the moment he runs for president of Senegal. In 2004, 'Rolling Stone' called him the most known of the singers of Senegal and on the most part of Africa. N’dour actively developed Senegalese music. He was born in Dakar and began to act in 12 years. In total, for few years he could become the permanent member of the most popular of groups of Dakar, 'Star Band'.
The richest musician in Africa, N’dour had several ancestors on mother line – musicians and storytellers. However, he got acquainted with the culture of griots of Youssou not because of the mother, but due to his brothers and sisters. Parents imparted to the son quite modern view on everything, thus N’dour became ‘a modern griot’.
In 1979, N’dour founded his own band, ‘Étoile de Dakar’. At first, Youssou and his group played mainly typical Latin American music. However, already in 1980, the musician developed his own style – by then, however, he played already with ‘Super Etoile de Dakar’. The guitar in his band was played by Jimi Mbaye, on a bass was Habib Faye, and Assane Thiam was a drummer.
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Youssou is considered one of the most famous musicians in the history of Africa. It became famous as the singer, the composer and the author of songs. His main merit, certainly, is the creation of the unique mix of a Senegalese music with a number of better-known styles – like the Cuban samba, hip-hop, jazz and a soul. For the career, Youssou managed to work with Peter Gabriel, Axelle Red, Sting, Alan Stivell, Neneh Cherry, Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tracey Chapman, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Dido. In Senegal, N’dour is known not only for musical achievements but also for actions on a public field.
In July 1993, the opera written by Youssou has been presented to the attention of the audience to ‘Opéra Garnier’. N'Dour has written the official anthem of FIFA World Cup. On the 16th of October 2000, Youssou N'Dour has been nominated to post of the Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. By then N'Dour already has managed to prove himself as the active public figure. In 1985, Youssou organized a concert in support of Nelson Mandela. He took the most active part in a world tour of the project 'Amnesty International Human Rights Now!' in 1988.
In 1991, N'Dour has opened his own recording studio Xippi. In 1995, he has founded his label Jololi. Youssou also is known as the owner of one of the most popular Senegalese newspapers, L'Observateur, RFM radio station and TFM TV channel. The list of actor's roles of N'Dour is rather small. One of his most known images is the Afro-British abolitionist Olaudah Equiano from the movie 'Amazing Grace'. In 2011, Youssou N'Dour has received an honorable degree of the doctor of Yale University. At the beginning of 2012, N'Dour officially declared the participation in the presidential race. In 2015, he was recognized as the richest musician in Africa according to richest musician in Africa 2015 Forbes rating.
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