Nonesuch Releases Youssou N’Dour’s Egypt

New York, USA – On his latest release, Egypt,
Youssou N’Dour
combines his native Senegalese traditions with Egyptian and Arabic sounds
in this musical exploration of Islamic Sufism. To promote the new album, a North
American tour begins June 27.

While N’Dour’s international releases have always
combined Senegalese musical traditions with outside sources of inspiration,
Egypt (Nonesuch Records), takes a fresh approach. On this album, the rhythms and
melodies of Senegal drive arrangements featuring Egyptian and Arabian orchestral
sounds. Featuring traditional musicians in Dakar and in Cairo, Egypt is N’Dour’s
lyrical celebration of Senegal’s Muslim mystical culture of Sufism.

Egypt‘s lyrics demonstrate a distinctly Senegalese way
of Islam, and of Sufi thought and practice, with references to venerated
caliphs, saints, and sages.

Muslim life in Senegal is centered in the country’s Sufi
communities, which have adapted to the modern rhythms of post-independence
Africa. N’Dour, who sought to explore the links between his homeland’s religious
beliefs and that of Muslims in Egypt and the Middle East, has explained that
Egypt is an album that “praises the tolerance of my religion“-a religion that in
recent times has come to be both misunderstood and misinterpreted by
commentators and adherents alike.

North American tour:


Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Performing Arts Center


Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Museum of Art


San Diego, CA

Humphreys Concerts By The Bay


Los Angeles, CA

Henry Fonda Theatre


Grass Valley, CA

California WorldFest


San Francisco, CA

Sigmund Stem Grove


Roseburg, OR

Stewart Park On The River


Portland, OR

Oregon Zoo Amphitheater


Boulder, CO

Chautauqua Park


Calgary, Canada

Calgary Folk Festival

Buy Egypt

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.