Youssou N'dour - Presented by WCBE, Roots Records @ Express LIVE, Columbus [13 August]

Youssou N'dour - Presented by WCBE, Roots Records

19:00 - 23:30

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Express LIVE
405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215
WCBE, Roots Records Presents YOUSSOU N'DOUR w/special guests: Thiossane Dance Ins
Express Live l — Columbus, OH

Sunday, August 13, 2017; Doors open at 7:00 PM
$55.00 In Advance / $60.00 Day of Show
General Admission — All Ages

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. A native of the impoverished Media section of Dakar, N'Dour inherited his musical skills from his mother. A seasoned performer before his teens, N'Dour joined the popular group the Star Band de Dakar at the age of 19. With the band accompanying his four- or five-octave vocals, N'Dour helped to pioneer mbalax, an uptempo blend of African, Caribbean, and pop rhythms. Performing for the first time in Europe in 1984, N'Dour and Super E'toile de Dakar made their North American debut the following year.

N'Dour's talents soon attracted the support of top-rated musicians. In 1986, his vocals were featured on Paul Simon's Graceland and Peter Gabriel's So. He subsequently toured around the world as opening act for Gabriel. His greatest exposure came when he agreed to be a co-headliner, along with Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Tracy Chapman, on the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour in 1988. N'Dour cemented his reputation in 1989, when he released his first internationally distributed album, The Lion. Signing with Spike Lee's Columbia-distributed 40 Acres & a Mule label, N'Dour scored a Grammy nomination in 1991 with his first effort for the label, Eyes Open. He continued to seek new outlets for his creativity, including an African opera that premiered at the Paris Opera in July 1993.

A steady stream of greatest-hits packages, reissues, singles, and even a few full-length records — poured out during the late '90s and into the next century, featuring N'Dour working with artists from Etoile de Dakar to Gabriel. A documentary DVD centered around the whole affair, Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love, appeared early in 2010 and included a biography of N'Dour's career as well as extensive concert footage and film of N'Dour working on the Egypt project. The following year, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in music from Yale University. By 2013, he had returned to performing, although it took him several more years to return to the studio. In 2016, N'Dour delivered his 34th album, Africa Rekk, featuring guest appearances by Akon, Fally Ipupa, and Spotless.

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