1 October 1959, Dakar, Senegal. Born in the Medina, or old town, district of Dakar, NDour is the son of Ndeye Sokhna Mboup, herself a well-known traditional musician, who gave him his grounding in the traditional music of the Wolof people. His first public performances came with two local music and drama groups, including Sine Dramatic, which he joined in 1972. The following year he made his first public appearance with a modern band, singing with Orchestre Diamono. In 1975, he toured the Gambia with the band, returning after his parents complained he was too young to start a life on the road. In 1976 NDour took the first steps in a career that would establish him as one of Senegals greatest musical pioneers, joining the Star Band, who were the house band at Dakars leading nightspot, the Miami Club. With them NDour began to forge the fusion of western electric instrumentation and traditional Wolof rhythms and lyrics that...
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