Youssou N’dour

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Youssou N’dour

Source of Influence: Arts & Culture

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Youssou N’dour became Senegal’s Minister of Tourism and Culture in April 2012. He is a world famous composer, singer, percussionist and UNICEF Good-will Ambassador. In 2005, N’Dour received a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album for Egypt. In 2011, N’Dour was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in Music from Yale University. In 2013, N’Dour won a share of Sweden’s $150,000 Polar music prize for promoting understanding between faiths as well as for his music.