Senegal’s Musician Politician

Youssou N'dour.

Youssou N’dour.

Musician Youssou N’dour is a Grammy-awarded singer, composer and percussionist, owns a newspaper, as well as a radio and television station, has previously served as the minister of culture and tourism in Senegal, and might be in the running to become president of Senegal in the future.

N’dour ran for presidency in 2012, but one third of the signatures received on his petitions were considered ineligible. As of now, he will not be taking part in the 2017 elections, as he supports Macky Sall, the incumbent. He does, however, intend to run in a future presidential race. He is currently focused on attempting to become mayor of the country’s capital city, Dakar; this position is the second most powerful in the country, after the presidency. He hopes that his endorsement of Sall for this coming election will help him to gain votes from his party, Alliance for the Republic, for his mayoral campaign.

It is fascinating that someone whose passions and occupations are so artistically inclined has his sights set on filling such prominent positions in society. This does not seem to happen often in the US, perhaps not as often as it should. The political realm inherently puts people into boxes by identifying their opinions as belonging to a certain party or group. Creativity is necessary in order to overcome this sometimes stifling environment in order to reach compromise. Hopefully N’dour will one day be able to help Senegal in this way.


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