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    Youssou N'Dour Visits White House to Discuss Malaria
    Youri Lenquette

    Youssou N'Dour recently took a break from his North American tour to meet at the White House with aides of First Lady Laura Bush and discuss their respective efforts to fight malaria. He also sat down with Agence France-Presse (AFP), saying, "If the United States wants to win a war, it ought to be the war on malaria."

    Youssou works with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis to fight the disease, which kills almost one million children a year in Africa alone. Much of his work has been focused on education, and he is looking now to involve traditional African communicators, like griots, in the cause.

    For more information on these efforts, from Youssou's interview with AFP, visit afp.com.

    Before making his way to Washington, Youssou performed in Miami, where, the Miami Herald's Jordan Levin reports, "As soon as he started to sing, his soul and charisma transcended any cultural preconceptions ... the power, joy, and humanity of his music need no translation ... His voice is intense, rich, and wonderfully, uniquely expressive." Levin, in his review of the show, also has kind words for Youssou's band, the Super Étoile, "eight superb musicians who play together with dazzling, fluid precision; melody, harmony, and rhythm flowing inextricably together in a powerful river of music."

    To read the complete review, visit miamiherald.com.

    And right after the White House meeting, Youssou made his way to Philadelphia for his Kimmel Center debut. In that set, Youssou showed "why he is considered one of the world's greatest singers," according to David R. Stampone's review in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the article, Stampone calls Youssou's voice "a textural wonder."

    For more of Stampone's review, titled "Vibrant N'Dour Enchants Kimmel," visit philly.com.

    The relentless touring didn't let up after that. After two stellar shows at New York City's Nokia Theatre last Thursday and Friday, Youssou managed to jet down to South Africa. There, in Durban, he performed at ceremonies marking the preliminary draw for soccer's next World Cup, which will be held in South Africa in 2010.

    Youssou returns to the States for the next leg of his tour starting this Wednesday, November 28, in Santa Cruz, California. For more information on the tour, click here.

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Youssou N'Dour recently took a break from his North American tour to meet at the White House with aides of First Lady Laura Bush and discuss their respective efforts to fight malaria. He also sat down with Agence France-Presse, saying, "If the United States wants to win a war, it ought to be the war on malaria." Right after the White House meeting, Youssou made his way to Philadelphia for his Kimmel Center debut. In that set, Youssou showed "why he is considered one of the world's greatest singers," according the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Youssou N'Dour recently took a break from his North American tour to meet at the White House with aides of First Lady Laura Bush and discuss their respective efforts to fight malaria. He also sat down with Agence France-Presse (AFP), saying, "If the United States wants to win a war, it ought to be the war on malaria."

Youssou works with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis to fight the disease, which kills almost one million children a year in Africa alone. Much of his work has been focused on education, and he is looking now to involve traditional African communicators, like griots, in the cause.

For more information on these efforts, from Youssou's interview with AFP, visit afp.com.

Before making his way to Washington, Youssou performed in Miami, where, the Miami Herald's Jordan Levin reports, "As soon as he started to sing, his soul and charisma transcended any cultural preconceptions ... the power, joy, and humanity of his music need no translation ... His voice is intense, rich, and wonderfully, uniquely expressive." Levin, in his review of the show, also has kind words for Youssou's band, the Super Étoile, "eight superb musicians who play together with dazzling, fluid precision; melody, harmony, and rhythm flowing inextricably together in a powerful river of music."

To read the complete review, visit miamiherald.com.

And right after the White House meeting, Youssou made his way to Philadelphia for his Kimmel Center debut. In that set, Youssou showed "why he is considered one of the world's greatest singers," according to David R. Stampone's review in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the article, Stampone calls Youssou's voice "a textural wonder."

For more of Stampone's review, titled "Vibrant N'Dour Enchants Kimmel," visit philly.com.

The relentless touring didn't let up after that. After two stellar shows at New York City's Nokia Theatre last Thursday and Friday, Youssou managed to jet down to South Africa. There, in Durban, he performed at ceremonies marking the preliminary draw for soccer's next World Cup, which will be held in South Africa in 2010.

Youssou returns to the States for the next leg of his tour starting this Wednesday, November 28, in Santa Cruz, California. For more information on the tour, click here.

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