Music is something so great; it comes in many forms and has the power to bring people together. The inspirational power of words combined with harmonious melodies. One thing we can all agree is that music is Universal; it transcends all cultures and beliefs and just makes you feel good. There are so many types of Music and in celebration of music every 21st June World Music day also known as Fete De La Musiqe is celebrated in many countries around the world.
Fete De la Musiqe originated in France in 1982.Ever since; the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities. This year Gambia and Senegal were part of the celebrations. There was a free show at Alliance Françoise where several Gambian artists performed a 6 hour show showcasing all the different genres of Gambian Music and how far we have come in the Gambian music Industry. In Senegal their was a grand festival including artist such as Pape Thopet, Wally Ndure ,Titi and the grand performer of all Youssou Ndour who retired from music to go into politics in 2011 made a grand appearance singing some of his classic songs all in the spirit of World Music Day.
Youssou Ndour has become an Icon in both Senegal and Gambia. He is a Senegalese Singer, Songwriter, composer, percussionist, businessman and a politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine described him as perhaps the most famous singer alive in Senegal and much of Africa. Since April 2012, he has been Senegal’s Minister of Tourism and Culture. Ndour has collaborated with the likes of Peter Gabriel,Bono, Sting, Nenneh Cherry, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman and the list goes on. He is now the owner of a new TV Station in Senegal called TFM giving artist like him self a chance to shine and show them selves to the world.
He is one African that has gone through leaps and bounds and has touched the hearts of many people through his music and for this we honor him.