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Youssou N'Dour: The Best of Youssou N'Dour
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 Set (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 3:45
 Shakin' The Tree (Peter Gabriel & Youssou N'Dour) - 5:40
 Sinebar (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 4:45
 Medina (Youssou N'Dour) - 3:22
 The Lion - Gaiende (Peter Gabriel & Youssou N'Dour) - 5:33
 Toxiques (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 3:28
 Fenene (Youssou N'Dour) - 5:17
 Miyoko (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 3:43
 Bamako (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 4:17
 Fakastalu (Youssou N'Dour) - 3:52
 Bes (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 5:06
 Hey You (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 3:38
 Macoy (Youssou N'Dour) - 7:16
 Immigres / Bitim Rew (Youssou N'Dour) - 7:08
 Xale Rewmi (Youssou N'Dour) - 4:17
 Kocc Barma (Youssou N'Dour & Habib Faye) - 4:27
Youssou N'Dour - Drums, Vocals, Producer
Peter Gariel - Vocals, Producer
Michael Brook - Producer
George Acogny - Producer
This compilation is drawn from Youssou N'Dour's three albums released
via Virgin between 1988 and 1990 ("Immigres", "The Lion" nad "Set"), a
trilogy of releases which brought the artist to international
prominence. Youssou N'Dour is one of the rare vocalists able to sing 7
octaves. An excellent duett was released with Peter Gabriel on "Shakin'
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The father of mbalax, a jumping, complicated blend of African,
Caribbean and pop rhythms, Youssou N'Dour is a Senegalese performer who
is proud to be constantly evolving and perfecting his music. While he
seeks to appeal to a world-wide audience, he also remains true to his
cultural roots, and where many other West African performers emigrate
to Paris to record and be closer to the European music scene, he is
content to remain in Dakar and record out of his modern Studio Xippi so
he can remain near his family and biggest fans. Though he spends
considerable time touring every year, he tries to set aside at least
three months annually to be at home with his wife and three kids.
N'Dour has been performing since he was 12 and early on became famous
after joining the Star Band de Dakar. Later he left them to found
Etoile de Dakar. A few years later he moved on to found Super Etoile.
For a while he did live and record in Paris, but then returned to
Senegal. A singer with a wide vocal range, N'Dour's earliest work was
noted for a high clear wailing sound, as can be heard on Peter
Gabriel's 1986 hit single "In Your Eyes," the song that gained N'Dour
international recognition. In the mid-'90s, N'Dour began singing more
quietly in a lower range, a change he attributes to a broader base of
life experience. Before, he concentrated on live performances, but as
he has been doing more studio work, N'Dour is into experimenting and
exploring the full extent of his vocal range as can be heard on his
1994 album The Guide (Wommat).
Sandra Brennan - All Music Guide
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