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From Youssou N’Dour’s Eyes

Most Americans only know him from his key supporting backing vocals in Peter Gabriel’s old smash In Your Eyes as well as performances with Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Sting. But to West Africans, Youssou N’Dour is one of the biggest acts around. A documentary about him I Bring What I Love is playing in big cities now.

The film covers his concert tour in 2004 on stage and off, recounting how beyond his musicality, N’Dour became the public face of Islam after releasing his album “Egypt.” He called Islam a religion in which people “can dance, even enjoy” but some other Muslims accused him of “taining” Islam with pop culture. In a recent interview with New York magazine, N’dour says that the role of a musician where he comes from is broader than just music. He says, “People think that as a musician I should take an even stronger position in working for social causes or helping people.” Would be more interesting to see N’Dour’s courage from some U.S. musicians, or even celebrities in today’s risk-adverse era.

In a related note, fans of world music documentaries can find a bunch of them that stream for free on And here is a guide from fan Megan Romer to some of the highlights of that collection.


July 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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  1. MTV Iggy presents an exclusive interview and performance of one of the world’s most influential artists, Youssou N’Dour.

    Involving his love of music with faith, religion, and political beliefs, Youssou N’Dour is claimed to be “the inspiration for generations”.

    Don’t miss the chance to see what he has to say. Through an upclose and personal interview on MTV Iggy, Youssou N’Dour speaks about the importance of his new documentary, “I Bring What I Love”, a never-before-told story, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. The interview also shares his beliefs on how music can influence political change, his role in bringing African music to a global stage, and his activism including Mosquito Nets, an initiative on malaria.

    Exclusive Performance – Watch Youssou N’Dour perform his extraordinary singles “New Africa” and “Hope” in an intimate setting with MTV Iggy in Brooklyn.

    Check out everything now on

    Comment by Joy Lee | July 17, 2009 | Reply

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