Rolling Stone has called Grammy-winning Senegalese singer Youssou N’dour “one of the most beloved artists in the entire continent of Africa” and it was clear on Wednesday night at Strathmore Music Hall that N’dour and his band Super Étoile (SuperStar) are much loved by his fans in the US as well. A diverse and wildly enthusiastic audience filled the concert hall, dancing and singing along to two hours of N’dour’s songs.
…an unforgettable evening full of emotion…
Although the songs were not in English, music truly transcends barriers and my spirits were lifted by the warm light and happiness of N’dour’s music as soon as his band began to play. Indeed, the predominant feeling among the audience was joy and it was clear that Youssou’s music has a powerful impact on its listeners.
Super Étoile has a unique sound which blends African melodies and drumming rhythms (some on traditional drums and some on a drum kit) with Latin beats and jazz riffs on flute and saxophone. It’s not like anything else that I’ve heard and while it’s complicated music, it’s easily accessible because the melodies are so beautiful and the overall mood is so uplifting.
Youssou and his backup singer often danced in sync and at certain points throughout the show a specialized African dancer came out and wowed the audience. The exceptional dancing, musicians, and singing made for an unforgettable evening full of emotion and I highly recommend that you don’t miss the next opportunity to see Youssou N’dour and Super Étoile in concert.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours with no intermission.