African music star Youssou N’Dour to run for president in Senegal

Grammy-winning singer will challenge current incumbent Abdoulaye Wade next month

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’.