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Album Review

N'Dour's ongoing quest for a truly global African pop spurs his smoothest — you might say most homogenized — disc yet, one that basks in assimilation and transformation. He is becoming to mbalax what Milton Nascimento is to Brazilian, which means a gain in sophistication but a certain loss of directness.

Biography

Born: 1959 in Dakar, Senegal

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Some of the most exciting sounds to come out of Africa in the late '80s and 1990s were produced by Senegal-born vocalist Youssou N'Dour. Although rooted in the traditional music of his homeland, N'Dour consistently sought new means of expression. In addition to recording as a soloist, N'Dour collaborated with a lengthy list of influential artists including Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Neneh Cherry, and Branford Marsalis. A native of the impoverished Media section of Dakar, N'Dour inherited his musical...
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