Facing Mecca

Longstanding cosmopolitan Youssou N'Dour tells the world about his embattled faith

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More on Youssou N'Dour by Robert Christgau:

  • Recyclables
    7 Seconds: The Best of Youssou N'Dour; Youssou NDour & Le Super Etoile's Le Grand Bal Bercy 2001 Vol. 2

  • Responsibility
    Why N'Dour refused to tour America in the spring of 2003
  • Deprived of their insistent rhymes, the translations' generalities don't always catch and hold, although the auxiliary material on the Nonesuch website shores them up. Nevertheless, Egypt is more than just beautiful—it's a persuasive political act. One reason the rock star whose fame matters has become a rarity is that the rock star whose music matters has too. N'Dour doesn't have this problem. Forget Bono—he has his eye on Bob Marley, and he may yet do it better.

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