City Paper is not for tourists
Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s 2012 bid to be a presidential candidate in his country ended when his nominating petition was rejected for invalid signatures. Later, Macky Sall, the winner, selected N’Dour to be his Minister of Culture and Tourism. After a brief stint in that job, N’Dour became a minister-counsellor to the president in September 2013. N’Dour still holds that title, but thankfully, he’s also returned to his singing career. Best known to some for his single “7 Seconds” with Neneh Cherry and for touring with Bruce Springsteen on behalf of Amnesty International, N’Dour is beloved by Senegalese music fans for his gorgeous octave-climbing voice and his band Super Etoile de Dakar’s supple blending of guitar, bass, and keyboard grooves with staccato percussion. On his recent release Fatteliku (Memories), N’Dour covers four Senegalese classics; he and his fellow musicians leave their own imprimatur on them with pop-influenced melodies and galloping beats. Always charismatic, N’Dour is much more magnetic (and musical) than most presidential advisors. Youssou N’Dour performs at 7 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $35–$75. (202) 994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu.