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Yandé Codou Sène & Youssou N'Dour

Yandé Codou Sène & Youssou N'Dour / 29 Senegal

29 Senegal

With this CD, Network presents a world premiere in more than one sense. Sensational recordings of two of Africa’s great voices: Youssou N’Dour, according to Peter Gabriel "the most beautiful voice in the world", and Yandé Codou Sène, the diva of the Serer people, whose music has never been documented before.

It has always been Youssou N’Dour’s dream to record with his idol. So it was hardly surprising that this connoisseur and fan of the WorldNetwork series immediately grasped the opportunity of inviting her to join him at the studio in Dakar for this truly historic meeting.

We hear traditional songs by the praise singer of the former Senegalese president Leopold Sedar Senghor together with her choir, accompanied by drummers and the local riti fiddle. Even Youssou N’Dour was overwhelmed by the impromptu polyphonic music of the Serer women to which he responded with a praise song to the singer he had first heard as a child on the radio and who had inspired him ever since. The highlight of the recording is their intensely beautiful and poignant duet. "There is no alternative, we must return to the sources of our culture," Youssou N’Dour told us after the recordings.

He presents these sources to us not only through his own compositions in traditional style, but also through his instrumental soli, and the percussion rhythms of Dakar’s finest drummers.

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