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Films & Schedules - Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love

Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 9:30 PM (WH)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 7:45 PM (B3)

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love

DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi - United States

Youssou Ndour has been one of the brightest--and most courageous--stars in African music for over three decades.  Youssou was born into the West African griot tradition, in which musicians themselves must earn and command the status position of stateman.  His mélange of meringue, hip-hop, juju and funk manages to get everyone from prime ministers to street kids into his singular groove.  Vasarhelyi's film centers on the creation of his 9/11-inspired "Egypt," a joyous pan-African album in praise of the prophets and saints that gives Islam a human and smiling face.  Shocking backlash at home in predominantly Muslim Senegal takes the radiant Youssou from hero to pariah.  Then, divine intervention arrives in the form of a Grammy.

Filmography: A Normal Life (03).

Sponsored by Music Millennium.

WH     102 Minutes    

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