Senegalese musician Youssou lends golden voice to politics

Senegal’s music icon Youssou N’Dour has gone from stirring up fans of his homegrown Mbalax beats to rousing political protests for an opposition poll triumph, landing the crooner the culture minister’s job.

One of Africa’s most recognised artists, N’Dour has been a star for over three decades while also becoming a savvy businessman and humanitarian and now, Senegal’s minister of culture and tourism.

His music rattles out of tape-decks in the capital’s aging yellow taxis and sets local dance floors on fire in between pop singers like Rihanna and Akon.

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Malick Rokhy Ba | April 5, 2012 | Daily News