Contributors: Youssou N'Dour, Viviane N'Dour, Ablaye Mbaye & others.
"If any Third World performer has a real shot at the sort of universal popularity last enjoyed by Bob Marley,” claims Rolling Stone, “it's Youssou, a singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it." In addition to recording as a soloist, N'Dour has collaborated with a lengthy list of influential artists including Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Neneh Cherry, and Branford Marsalis. Youssou N’Dour and His Friends unveils songs N’Dour composed and released for Aid & Action, a humanitarian association that brings schools and libraries to more than twenty countries. This CD also debuts several unreleased N’Dour songs, including the theme to the cartoon Kirikou performed by Boubacor Mendy.
“N'Dour and His Friends is actually a various-artists collection of music from Senegal. While most of it is the slickly produced mbalax that N'Dour is best known for, there are a couple of surprises as well. ‘Lang,’ by N'Dour, is a surprisingly traditional effort, and the backing string arrangement on ‘Xaley Rewmi’ is as wonderful as it is unexpected. It's nice to hear a little something different from one of Senegal's leading musical voices.”—All Music Guide