It is with great pride Bluesfest can announce that Youssou Ndour will play at the festival for the very first time. Ending a 14-year wait, the king of African music and Grammy-Award winner, will bring his world music block party backed by his legendary 12-piece band Le Super Étoile de Dakar, acrobatic dancers and over three decades of funk-fused hits.
Emerging as 'the Michael Jackson of Senegal' at just 12 years of age, Ndour's innovative pairing of fiery political polemics with the revving rhythms of Mbalax beats has seen him tour the world with Springsteen and Sting, while running for president and campaigning for Nelson Mandela alike. Leading joyous celebrations of African identity, heritage and hope on the world stage, Ndour's siren-like singing is an ecstatic voice for change that first broke through with the millions-selling duet '7 Seconds' alongside Neneh Cherry.
Ndour’s voice remains as powerful and relevant as ever and Bluesfest is delighted to share it with Australian audiences.
'One of the world's greatest singers' – Time Out
'Africa's biggest music star' – The Telegraph
'So extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside' – Rolling Stone
Youssou NDour is playing Bluesfest on Friday the 30th March, 2018