Getting Deals Done with Patrick A. Howell

022: MASTER STORYTELLING - Youssou N'Dour, Africa Now in Senegal

April 13, 2023 Youssou N'Dour Season 3 Episode 22
Getting Deals Done with Patrick A. Howell
022: MASTER STORYTELLING - Youssou N'Dour, Africa Now in Senegal
Show Notes

Senegalese musician, entrepreneur and statesman Youssou N’Dour loves nothing more than to quote his deceased compatriot, the caliph general Cheikh Ahmed Tidiane Sy: ‘It’s good to resemble one’s father, but it’s better to resemble one’s era.
The Senegalese singer is known for his extraordinary vocal range and for introducing international audiences to mbalax—a Senegalese popular music style that blends Wolof traditional instrumental and vocal forms primarily with Cuban and other Latin American popular genres.

According to Forbes, Youssou N'Dour is the richest African musician in the world in 2022, with a net worth of $145 million.  His enormous net worth arose from the use of his distinct voice and the popularization of the well-known Senegalese style of music known as Mbalax. On October 1, 1959, he was born in Dakar, Senegal. He served as Senegal’s Minister of Tourism from April 2012 to September 2013. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine maintained that N’Dour is “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa.

"Africa has no cultural frontiers.  It mixes genres effortlessly.   That's the future for me."  Youssou N'Dour

Show Guest:  Youssou N'Dour 
Show Host and Creator:  Patrick A.  Howell 
Executive Producer and co-host: Tori Reid 
Executive Producer: Amobe Mvegue
Executive Producer: Patrick Abanda
Voice Over Artist:  Maleiva 
Production: WAN and Afrobiz
Pre-production: We Edit Productions 
Post Productions: We Edit Productions 
GDD Intro and Outro:  Youssou N'Dour, Miss, Joko (2020) 
Song, Introduction:   Youssou N'Dour, Dem, Leaving, wommat (1994)
Song, Outro: Youssou N'Dour, Burima, Joko (2020)

Special thank you to: World African Network 
photo of Youssou N'Dour: Youri Lenquette 

Getting Deals Done is a show about doing business, changing power, changing systems and making the world a better place one deal at a time. Host, veteran banker and entrepreneur Patrick A. Howell, speaks with leading and successful innovators, mavericks and captains of industry about making big things happen in the world.