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    Youssou N'Dour to Receive 2013 Polar Music Prize in Stockholm Concert Hall Ceremony

    Youssou N'Dour is set to receive the 2013 Polar Music Prize in a gala ceremony that will take place at the Stockholm Concert Hall tonight. N'Dour, who released five albums on Nonesuch Records over the span of a decade, will be presented the prize by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, along with N'Dour's fellow laureate, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The prize ceremony will be broadcast live on Sweden's TV4 starting at 5 PM this evening; a recap of the evening's events, including interviews with the laureates, will be broadcast at 11 PM.

    "A West African griot is not just a singer, but a story teller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian," reads the Polar Music Prize citation. "Youssou N’Dour is maintaining the griot tradition and has shown that it can also be changed into a narrative about the entire world. With his exceptionally exuberant band Super Étoile de Dakar and his musically ground breaking and political solo albums, Youssou N’Dour has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions. His voice encompasses an entire continent's history and future, blood and love, dreams and power."

    The Polar Music Prize, an international music prize awarded to individuals, groups, or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements, was founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, publisher, lyricist and manager of the legendary pop group ABBA; it carries a monetary value of $1 million Swedish Kronor (approximately $153,000). Previous laureates include Kronos Quartet, Björk, Steve Reich, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez, Bob Dylan, Renée Fleming, B. B. King, György Ligeti, Miriam Makeba, Sonny Rollins, Ravi Shankar, Isaac Stern, and a host of others representing a wide range of countries, cultures, and continents.

    The celebrations for Polar Music Prize Week 2013 began last Wednesday with the opening of the Polar Music Prize Exhibition at Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. The outdoor exhibition features photos of previous Polar Music Prize Laureates taken by photographer Baldur Bragason and runs till Thursday.

    Yesterday, as part of a day of Polar Music Talks, N'Dour and Saariaho sat down with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, himself a Polar Music Prize Laureate in 2006.

    Tomorrow night, the Stockholm Concert Hall will host the Polar Music Prize Concerts, with a set of Saariaho's chamber music by contemporary music ensemble Norrbotten Neo in Grünewaldsalen followed by a performance in the Great Hall from Youssou N'Dour and his band Super Étoile de Dakar.

    For more information on the prize and the week's events, visit polarmusicprize.org. Watch a video retrospective on Youssou N'Dour's life and career, created earlier this year for the announcement of the Polar Music Prize, here:

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Youssou N'Dour to Receive 2013 Polar Music Prize in Stockholm Concert Hall Ceremony

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Youssou N'Dour will receive the Polar Music Prize in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall this evening. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will present the awards to N'Dour and his fellow laureate, composer Kaija Saariaho. The ceremony, televised on Sweden's TV4, is part of a week-long celebration, which includes a photo exhibit, talks with the laureates, and the Polar Music Prize Concert featuring a performance from N'Dour and his band Super Étoile de Dakar on Wednesday.

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Youssou N'Dour is set to receive the 2013 Polar Music Prize in a gala ceremony that will take place at the Stockholm Concert Hall tonight. N'Dour, who released five albums on Nonesuch Records over the span of a decade, will be presented the prize by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, along with N'Dour's fellow laureate, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The prize ceremony will be broadcast live on Sweden's TV4 starting at 5 PM this evening; a recap of the evening's events, including interviews with the laureates, will be broadcast at 11 PM.

"A West African griot is not just a singer, but a story teller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian," reads the Polar Music Prize citation. "Youssou N’Dour is maintaining the griot tradition and has shown that it can also be changed into a narrative about the entire world. With his exceptionally exuberant band Super Étoile de Dakar and his musically ground breaking and political solo albums, Youssou N’Dour has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions. His voice encompasses an entire continent's history and future, blood and love, dreams and power."

The Polar Music Prize, an international music prize awarded to individuals, groups, or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements, was founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, publisher, lyricist and manager of the legendary pop group ABBA; it carries a monetary value of $1 million Swedish Kronor (approximately $153,000). Previous laureates include Kronos Quartet, Björk, Steve Reich, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez, Bob Dylan, Renée Fleming, B. B. King, György Ligeti, Miriam Makeba, Sonny Rollins, Ravi Shankar, Isaac Stern, and a host of others representing a wide range of countries, cultures, and continents.

The celebrations for Polar Music Prize Week 2013 began last Wednesday with the opening of the Polar Music Prize Exhibition at Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. The outdoor exhibition features photos of previous Polar Music Prize Laureates taken by photographer Baldur Bragason and runs till Thursday.

Yesterday, as part of a day of Polar Music Talks, N'Dour and Saariaho sat down with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, himself a Polar Music Prize Laureate in 2006.

Tomorrow night, the Stockholm Concert Hall will host the Polar Music Prize Concerts, with a set of Saariaho's chamber music by contemporary music ensemble Norrbotten Neo in Grünewaldsalen followed by a performance in the Great Hall from Youssou N'Dour and his band Super Étoile de Dakar.

For more information on the prize and the week's events, visit polarmusicprize.org. Watch a video retrospective on Youssou N'Dour's life and career, created earlier this year for the announcement of the Polar Music Prize, here:

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