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Orchestra Baobab - 74% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1970 as the weekend house band at a Dakar club for government officials, Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) were early Senegalese fusionists who paved the way for artists such as Youssou N’Dour and Touré Kunda. The original line-up included Baro N’Diaye (saxophone), Barthelemy Attisso (guitar), Latfi Benjeloum (guitar), Charlie N’Diaye ( Read more

Oliver Mtukudzi - 58% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1952, Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe. Along with Thomas Mapfumo, Mtukudzi aka Tuku, and his band the Black Spirits, has played one of the most prominent roles in the modernization of traditional Zimbabwean music, mixing African-American soul with mbira and other traditional beats. He recorded his first single, ‘Pezuna’, in 1976, after which he joined the Wagon Wheels Read more

Angelique Kidjo - 57% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 July 1960, Ouidah, Benin, West Africa. Angélique Kidjo’s family background provided her with both the impetus and platform to launch her singing career. Her mother, the director of Benin’s first professional theatre/dance company, travelled widely to research different dances and rhythms for the company’s ballets. Kidjo was part of the company from t Read more

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - 32% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The success of Paul Simon’s album Graceland did much to give the music of black South Africa international recognition in the mid-80s, and in particular gave a high profile to the choral group Mambazo and their captivating a cappella Zulu music (iscathamiya). Founded as Ezimnyama Ngenkani by Joseph Shabalala (Bhekizizwe Jospeh Siphatimandla, 28 August 1941, Ladysmith, S Read more

Miriam Makeba - 31% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 March 1932, Johannesburg, South Africa. d. 10 November 2008, Castel Volturno, Italy. The vocalist who first put African music on the international map in the 60s, Makeba began her professional career in 1950, when she joined Johannesburg group the Cuban Brothers. She came to national prominence during the mid-50s as a member of leading touring group the Manhattan Brothers, Read more

Tinariwen - 27% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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Formed in 1982, in strikingly unusual circumstances for a musical ensemble, Tinariwen blend ancient musical traditions with radical contemporary politics. Despite severe natural and man-made hardships, young Kel Tamashek exiles continued performing the traditional music of their Tuareg forebears in the southern Sahara while simultaneously fighting against the government of Mali Read more

Alpha Blondy - 20% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: Jazz Reggae
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Seydou Koné, 1 January 1953, Dimbokoro, Ivory Coast. During the mid-80s, reggae vocalist Blondy, whose name translates as First Bandit, became one of West Africa’s most successful band leaders, his songs widely covered by other local reggae artists. Adopting not only the rhythms and instrumental arrangements of Jamaican reggae, Blondy also followed its tradition Read more

Manu Dibango - 20% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 December 1933, Douala, Cameroon. Sent to France to complete his education in 1949, Dibango lived in Paris until 1956. By now a proficient saxophonist and classically trained pianist, he then moved to Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, he played regularly at the Black Angels Club, developing his fusion of jazz and Cameroonian makossa music. In 1960, he joined the band led by Read more

Cesaria Evora - 18% match to Youssou N'Dour

Genres: Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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