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YOUSSOU N’DOUR: I BRING WHAT I LOVE

Director: ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI

102 minutes| Senegal-France-Egypt-U.S.A.| French/Wolof/English/Arabic languages with English subtitles| 2009| 35mm


Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love is a music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire change. The highest selling African artist of all time, N’Dour has collaborated with musical superstars like Bono, Neneh Cherry and Peter Gabriel. At home in Senegal, the Grammy-award winning artist is an inspiration for generations. The film chronicles the recording, release and controversy surrounding Youssou N’Dour’s 2004 album, Egypt, an ambitious fusion of Senegalese idioms and Egyptian arrangements that sings the praises of Islam. Rejected in his homeland but embraced in the West, the Egypt project, which went on to win Youssou N’Dour his first Grammy, brings up a host of cultural and political issues. Winner of the Impact of Music Award, Nashville Film Festival, 2009 and the Audience Award, São Paulo International Film Festival, 2009.

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