Youssou N'Dour - Did You Know?

Youssou N'Dour - Did You Know?October 2, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, politician, and businessman, Youssou N'Dour.




Youssou N'Dour is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, politician and businessman. He was described as perhaps the most famous singer alive in Senegal and much of Africa by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004.

He helped develop a style of popular Senegalese music that is known by all Senegambian as mbalax, a genre that have sacred origins in the Wolof.

Neneh Cherry wrote the song "7 Seconds" and recorded it as a duet with artist, Youssou N'Dour.

Cherry said that the song is about the first positive 7 seconds in the life of a child that is just born, not knowing about the problems and violence in the world.

Three different languages were used in this song: English, French and Wolof, which is a language that is spoken in Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania.

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