Youssou N' Dour with the Super Etoile Band

Gusman Theater in Downtown Miami. November 16th, 2007.  8:00 p.m.

Youssou N' Dour. Miami ArtSenegalese 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.

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.

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