April 6, 2012 12:22

Youssou N'Dour named Senegal's minister for culture and tourism

The Grammy Award winning artist is now a member of cabinet

Youssou N'Dour named Senegal's minister for culture and tourism

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Grammy-winning African music star Youssou N'Dour has been named as Senegal's minister for culture and tourism.

Earlier this year the singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for co-writing and singing Neneh Cherry's 1994 hit '7 Seconds', announced his intention to stand as a presidential candidate against the octogenerian incumbent, Abdoulaye Wade. N'Dour criticised Wade's tenure, stating he was "hearing in mono, not stereo" and claiming he has held back the creation of a "new Senegal".

N'Dour failed in his bid for presidency, as his application was disqualified due to a lack of valid signatures. However, the new Senegalese president, Macky Sall, named N'Dour as member of his new cabinet earlier this week (April 4). N'Dour also held a concert in celebration of Sall's win, reports the LA Times.

When his own bid failed, N'Dour became an avid supporter of Sall, joining in street protests against the undemocratic reign of Wade – who was seeking an unconstitutional third term in office - and getting hit in the leg by a flying projectile in the process.

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

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