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H.E.  Youssou  N'DOUR

Musician and Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Republic of Senegal


Youssou N'Dour is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history and was named Minister of Tourism and Leisure of the Republic of Senegal in April 2012. Named "African Artist of the Century" at the threshold of the year 2000, N'Dour is known for establishing Senegalese mbalax music, fusing traditional sounds with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban rumba to hip hop, jazz and soul. N'Dour gained an international fan base of millions around the world during more than thirty years of recording and touring with his band,The Super Etoile.

Notably among many highlights of his career, N’Dour wrote and performed the official anthem for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He received a Grammy Award (Best Contemporary World Music Album) for his album ‘Egypt’ in 2005. N'Dour was named to the ‘Time 100’ in 2007, and awarded an honorary doctoral degree in Music from Yale University in 2011.

N'Dour’s media interests include his role as proprietor of L'Observateur, one of the widest-circulation newspapers in Senegal, as well as the radio station RFM (Radio Future Medias) and the TV channel TFM.

Throughout his career, N'Dour has dedicated his voice to humanitarian causes. He first toured the world to take part in the Amnesty International concerts in 1986, and sang before an audience of 3 billion people for the FIFA World Cup in 1998. His role as Goodwill Ambassador to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership was initiated in 2005, when his ‘Africa Live: Roll Back Malaria’ concert in Dakar took place. The BBC documentary of this concert was viewed by more than one billion people around the world. N’Dour serves on the board of ‘Malaria No More’.

In addition to his malaria advocacy, N'Dour also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF for 20 years, until taking on his political role in Senegal this year. He is proud to serve as a member of the Broadband Commission.