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Youssou N’Dour, ‘Sufi Songs’
October 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Throughout a 30-year recording career, Youssou N’Dour’s roots in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling have remained the hallmark of his artistic personality. Transforming his native mbalax music with influences from Cuban rumba, reggae, hip hop, jazz and soul, he is a daring innovator and staunch protector of the unique “Dakar overgroove.” N’Dour and his high-energy band Super Etoile fashion a sound that is both characteristically Senegalese and outward-looking—a contagiously exciting synthesis of musical languages. This performance features a selection of songs from the Sufi tradition including music from the Grammy-winning album Egypt, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam. N’Dour will be joined by guest Senegalese vocalists Moustapha Mbaye and Alioune Badara along with members of Super Etoile.
This event is part of the “Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey’ series presented by Carolina Performing Arts.