February 22, 2012

Studio Music: Youssou N?Dour



Here is the musician's description from Wikipedia:

Youssou N'Dour (French pronunciation: [jusu nˈduʁ]; born 1 October 1959 ) is a Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, occasional actor and businessman. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, "perhaps the most famous singer alive" in Senegal and much of Africa.

N'Dour helped to develop a style of popular Senegalese music known in the Serer language as mbalax, which traces from the conservative Serer music tradition of "Njuup" (the progenitor of Mbalax).

Here is N'dour's website.

Lyrics to the first video:

PRESIDENT:

I am writing this letter
and addressing it to the future president of Senegal.
To you who wishes to become my president.
I am writing to you this letter so that I announce to you my hopes.

I want abundant clean water
Electricity and less darkness
Good roads and hospitals
Good schools and enough jobs

Chorus: To you who wishes to become my future president
I write to you this letter
So to you I announce my hopes

I want to see the farmer, the herder working
So that that no one will be hungry
And no one will cry

We the children are the future of this country
The building, that is good for us,
The destruction, that is bad for us
Ahead, always ahead.

Chorus: To you who wishes to become my future president
I write to you this letter
So to you I announce my hopes

I dream of a fast train from Dakar to Zinguinchor.
When will it ever become a reality?
I love Senegal.

To you who wishes to become my future president
I write to you this letter

Background on Senegal:

Posted by Dennis at February 22, 2012 1:05 PM

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