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An undisputed giant of world music, Senegalese artist and
humanitarian Youssou N'Dour has raised Senegal's exuberant
mbalax style to global stature. Introduced to American
audiences on seminal albums such as Paul Simon's Graceland and
Peter Gabriel's So, N'Dour continues to influence
virtually every realm of the international music scene, riding high
on tumbling African rhythms and stratospheric vocals.
On June 5, N'Dour kicks off Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas with a concert on BAM's Opera House stage, performing songs with his band The Super Etoile that draw on his Islamic beliefs, African heritage, and global experiences. The evening will begin with a traditional invocation by three vocalists. N'Dour's performance is also preceded by a short commissioned suite by Iraqi-American composer/musician Amir El Saffar, performed by a pan-Islamic ensemble. The ensemble will include Marina Alam, Dena El Saffar, and Dhafer Tawil, among others.