Youssou N'Dour (Senegal)
Singer, percussionist and occasional actor. Youssou N'Dour is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history. He helped develop a style of popular music in Senegal, known in the Serer language as mbalax. A renowned singer, songwriter, and composer, Youssou's mix of mbalax with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban samba to hip hop, jazz, and soul has won him an international fan base of millions.
N'Dour has associated himself with several social and political issues. In 1985, he organized a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela. He was a featured performer in the 1988 worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. He has also worked with the United Nations and UNICEF and he started Project Joko to open internet cafés in Africa and to connect Senegalese communities around the world. www.youssou.com