Tickets: $75, $55, $35
GRAMMY® Award-winning Youssou NDOUR will make his Ford Theatres debut, performing songs off of his recent album, Africa Rekk! (Africa and that’s final!). Throughout his 30-year career, this Senegalese vocalist - who has performed alongside such greats as Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Branford Marsalis, Sting and Neneh Cherry - has created some of the most exciting sounds to come out of Africa. For his latest exploration, Youssou has created a distinctive sound that celebrates and connects all of today’s Africa, fusing the modern and the traditional. Mbalax, the Wolof beat, rumba and other rhythms combine with the sound of the street. This latter element comes courtesy of collaborations with such artists as rap and R&B star Akon; Nigeria’s Spotless; and Fally Ipupa, an artist “who embodies that Africa where tradition and modernity meet,” an Africa where keyboards and machines merge with tama, balafon and djembe. A daring innovator, Youssou brings a sound that is both African and outward-looking, a contagiously exciting synthesis of musical languages. Rolling Stone called Youssou’s stunning tenor “a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it.”
Part of the IGNITE @ the FORD! series, made possible through the generous support of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.