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Bringing unity to the African continent has been his priority for a long time; the key (along with love, opinions and a great festive sense) lay in the professional practise of music for some thirty-seven years. Yet his career was bound to lead to a form o

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After countless forays into the western world, Youssou N’Dour chose Dakar as a base from which to lead his geopolitical campaign in music.
His strategy is pan-African: "What all of us Africans share is much more important than what we don't share," says this elegant, fifty-year old youngster, who grew up in the Medina in ... Read more in Amazon's Youssou N'Dour Store

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  • Audio CD (September 5, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 5, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00004X0LZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wiri-Wiri
2. Birima
3. Mademba (The Electricity Is Out Again)
4. This Dream
5. Yama
6. She Doesn't Need To Fall
7. Miss
8. Beykat
9. Liggeey
10. My Hope Is In You
11. Red Clay

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One of the best-known, most respected, and consistently innovative artists in all of world music makes his Nonesuch debut. Nothing less then a cultural icon in his native Senegal, Youssou has taken African music rooted in the rhythms of the mbalax tradition and filtered it through a lens of pop and rock influences to create a seamlessly integrated and personal sound that - over 20 years of recording and touring - has earned a large international following. A formidable creative force as singer, composer, instrumentalist and producer, he has attracted a wide range of major pop collaborators over the years, includng Peter Gabriel (who duets on "This Dream").

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Youssou N'Dour's Joko: From Village to Town saw release everywhere except the U.S. But a new label sees this album, similar, but far more tightly focused, doing better in the American market. Gone are the overly Westernized fluff and the collaborations with Sting and Wyclef Jean. Two newly recorded tracks, "Mademba (The Electricity Is Out Again)" and "Miss," increase the Senegalese quotient, serving to remind just why N'Dour and his high, charismatic voice are one of music's icons. "This Dream," with Peter Gabriel, remains on this Joko, but it sits well in a set that keeps close to N'Dour's real mbalax roots but still manages to have true Western appeal. N'Dour is in top form throughout, keening the way he once did with Etoile de Dakar, his writing more inventive and assured, and Jimi Mbaye's guitar work outstanding throughout. This is the album N'Dour has needed to make for many years, where his heart and his art meet. A complete success. --Chris Nickson

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One of my all time favorite albums.
R. Apter
I believe that listening to this beautiful, uplifting music, can stimulate the thinking without language that liberates us from our own provencial mindsets.
"kellybill"
I enthusiastically recommend his work to anybody who is moved by music beyond the lyrics.
Moni

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brad on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although most of us learned of Youssou's talents through his backing of Peter Gabriel, his talents were NOT showcased there as well as they are in his solo career. Youssou is a tri-lingual singer (english, french and an African dialect) who brings smiles to his listeners in every song! Youssou's voice and musical stylings are unique and although many of the songs you won't be able to understand, unless you happen to be African, you will still get the message! I can tell that Youssou was smiling during his recording of this album which makes for a happy album that includes a sampling of instruments unique to Africa. Allow me to make one stereotype of Africana music. Being a fan of Africana acts (Affel Bocoum, Ali Farka Toure, Papa Wamba, etc.) I find their ability to have fun with their music and not allow egos to get in the way, is unique to Africana acts. These artists tend to be the most humble and eager to please their audiences. Having just attended an Ali Farka Toure concert (Ali is more bluesey than Youssou) I was most impressed by how many times he asked his 1000+ audience if they were happy - his words sum up the mindset of most Africana music concerts "I am happy, if you are happy". Congrats Youssou on another great offering, and may all your fans buy it up!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Senegal's Youssou N'Dour is arguably the most famous African pop artist alive; he's certainly one of the leading exponents of the slick, high-tech production style that has grown out of the Parisian expatriate scene over the last few decades... This is his first album in over six years and, like other recent African pop albums, it points to a resolution of the aesthetic bridge that separates fans of a more stripped-down sound and those who like the soft stuff. There are still a few touches that make me cringe -- a soprano sax here, an overwrought chorus there -- but overall this album has a nice organic feel to it... pleasant, listenable, seductive. The only problem, really, is that so many of these songs end so quickly; it's as though someone advised N'Dour to trim his tunes down because eight-minute long songs won't get as much airplay in America. The four-minute long compromises mostly end just when things are getting good, and several seem kind of bluntly edited... The good news is, N'Dour's new songs sound great. I just wish I could hear more of them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "robertnicolson" on February 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a magnificent C.D. The best he has done yet!
In the same way that Nelson Mandela is the yardstick for every African Politician, Youssou N'Dour is the yardstick for every African Musician.
As a singer he is unique, as he has both a very powerful voice, and a very wide vocal range.
This is a selection of some wonderfully crafted songs, maybe a bit more popish than his usual offerings, but great nevertheless. Nearly every track is very good, and also there are a few exceptional tracks e.g. Birima.
The musicianship and production on many African artists work often does not do justice to the beauty of their work, possibly due to the financial constraints, however it does on this C.D.
Anybody interested in listening to African music for the first time, must buy this C.D.
Anybody who is an African music lover will have this C.D.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Moni on July 6, 2001
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Once again, Youssou N'Dour proves he is one of the gifted artists who can delight beyond words. With the exception of the occasional parts in english and french, his lyrics are incomprehensible to me, yet his music is just as moving. I first heard his music by chance many years ago, and instantly felt attracted to it. I enthusiastically recommend his work to anybody who is moved by music beyond the lyrics.
Also recommend: Salif Keita
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "kellybill" on February 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this cd about 20 times before checking the english translated lyrics. It was amazing how the music had communicated the spiritually poetic meaning of the lyrics. I believe that listening to this beautiful, uplifting music, can stimulate the thinking without language that liberates us from our own provencial mindsets. You'll wear this one out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "kads25" on July 10, 2002
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One reviewer wrote that Youssou is the milestone for African Artists. I would go further and say that his music is what all music should be. I have a couple hundred CD's ranging from Classical, to Punk; from Andean to Zimbabwa and Youssou NDour sits at the top of my list, next to Mozart, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Oliver Mtukudzi. You do not just listen to his music, you absorb it, what ever language he sings in. My favorite from this album is Red Clay, a melancholy tune about searching for one's soul, only to realize that it is always with you on the road of life, right there at your feet, whatever the situation is.
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