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African Music Star Youssou N'Dour To Run For Senegal Presidency

Grammy-winning singer will challenge current incumbent Abdoulaye Wade next month. A fired up youth movement in Senegal may give superstar Youssou N'dour the votes needed to capture the nations presidency in next months polls. The 52 year old performer has pledged to beat the incumbent, 86 year old Abdoulaye Wade, who shocked many by proposing to run for a third term despite a constitutional two-term limit on the job.

Rappers Omar Toure aka Thiat and Mbessane Seck aka Kilifeu have been stirring up young people with a movement called Yen a marre, or Enough is Enough which challenges the government over corruption, the waste of national resources, urban floods and frequent power cuts.
N’dour, a world-renowned artist and Grammy-award winner, enjoys huge popularity among young people. This week he declared himself a candidate on his privately-owned radio and TV station TFM.
"For a long time, men and women have dreamt of a new Senegal. They have called for my candidacy … I listened. I heard," he said.
N'dour owns a recording studio, record label, and the widely-circulated newspaper, L'Observateur. Long committed to social causes, he organized a concert for Nelson Mandela, performed with Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Tracy Chapman for Human Rights Now!, and headlined three Live 8 African benefits, among many other events.
Ndour said his platform would include initiatives for peace in the troubled southern Casamance region, good governance, agricultural and social development projects. His new political movement, "Fekke ma ci bolle", means I am involved.
N'dour joins a crowded field of opposition including anti-corruption candidate Abdou Latif Coulibaly, socialist Ousmane Tanor Dieng, and United to Boost Senegal candidate Moustapha Niasse.
 
 
African music star Youssou N'Dour to run for president in Senegal

 

Grammy-winning African music star Youssou N'Dour is to stand for president in his native Senegal.

The singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for co-writing and singing Neneh Cherry's 1994 hit '7 Seconds', announced his intention to stand in next month's election on his own television station, Television Futurs Media.

It's believed he made the decision to challenge the octogenerian incumbent, Abdoulaye Wade, following pressure from his supporters. N'Dour has criticized Wade's tenure, stating he is "hearing in mono, not stereo" and claiming has held back the creation of a "new Senegal".

According to The Guardian, N'Dour commented:
For a long time, men and women have demonstrated their optimism, dreaming of a new Senegal. They have, in various ways, called for my candidacy … I listened I heard.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Wade, Amadou Sall, is quoted as saying. "We're waiting for all the candidates, including Youssou N'Dour, to detail their policy ideas [...] and not just list a string of wishes."

N'Dour has released 27 albums over the past 28 years, his most recent being 2011's 'Mbalakh Dafay Wakh'.
 

 

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