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Renée Fleming VOICES: Youssou NDOUR

The Senegalese singer, percussionist, and humanitarian—dubbed “perhaps the most famous singer alive” by Rolling Stone—is an undisputed giant of world music. First introduced to American audiences on seminal albums such as Paul Simon’s Graceland and Peter Gabriel’s So, his mix of traditional Senegalese mbalax with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban samba to Hip Hop, jazz, and soul has won him an international fan base of millions. Last at the Kennedy Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps in 2011, NDOUR now brings his stratospheric vocals, visionary African rhythms, and powerful messages of social activism and tolerance to the Concert Hall.