New York, NY –
From Fulton Avenue in Brooklyn to 125th street uptown posters announcing the coming of The Great African Ball have been fluttering along street poles for several weeks now. And the mastermind behind this all-night musical dance party is none other than the great Senegalese pop sensation Youssou N'Dour.
N'Dour has pioneered his own unique African sound since the early 80s , partnering with everyone from Paul Simon to Peter Gabriel here in the States. Blending his traditional Senegalese roots with a western sensibility has made him a star on both sides of the Atlantic.
He dropped by our studios recently to talk to Soundcheck host John Schaefer about the Ball, to play some excerpts from his new album, called Egypt, and to give his perspective on some of the important social and political issues of the day.
John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.