Youssou N'Dour at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Youssou N'Dour at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Youssou N'Dour at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Prospect Park Bandshell | Prospect Park | Park Slope

Celebrate Brooklyn! closes the season in majestic fashion with one of the great artists of our time, Senegalese singer YOUSSOU N'DOUR, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, FREE at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Described as an "arresting tenor, with prophetic authority" (The New York Times) and "perhaps the most famous singer alive [in Africa]," (Rolling Stone) N'Dour helped develop mbalax, a propulsive, soulful genre of Senegalese music. At the age of 12, he began performing with the Star Band, one of Dakar's prominent bands of the early '70s, before going on to form his own Latin-influenced dance band, Étoile de Dakar, which properly launched his career as Senegal's first pop star. His world travels have included collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon, and Branford Marsalis, among others.

N'Dour has a long history of activism and civic duty. In 1985, he organized a concert to free Nelson Mandela, and worked with UNICEF and the United Nations to open internet cafes across Africa and connect Senegalese communities worldwide. In recent years, he has served stints as both Senegal's Minister of Tourism and as Special Adviser to the President.

Malian kora master YACOUBA SISSOKO plays while the sun sets.

 

Youssou N'Dour / Yacouba Sissoko
August 12, 2017 · 7:30PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Celebrate Brooklyn! closes the season in majestic fashion with one of the great artists of our time, Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour.

Celebrate Brooklyn! One Of New York City's Longest Running, FREE, Outdoor Performing Arts Festivals.

Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions.

All BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free! The festival attracts upwards of 250,000 attendees from across New York City to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer.

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