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Youssou NDour Set


Youssou N'Dour


Virgin Records

Produced by Michael Brook
Engineered by Phil Deltre
Recorded and mixed at ICP Studios, Brussels
Executive Producer: Thomas Rome

Youssou N'Dour and the Super Etoile de Dakar:
Youssou N'Dour: lead vocals
Ouzin Ndiaye: backing vocals
Assane Thiam: Senegalese talking drum (tama)
Mbaye Dieye Faye: percussion
Jimi Mbaye: lead guitar
Pape Oumar Ngom: rhythm guitar
Habib Faye: keyboards, bass, guitar
Ibou Cisse: keyboards, guitar
Gallas Niang: drums
Issa Cissoko: tenor saxophone
Thierno Koite: alto and soprano saxophones
Gallo Tiello: dancer, animateur

with additional musicians:
Djezi Ngoie: keyboard programmer
Daniel Lanois: drums
Daryl Johnson: bass, drums, keyboards
Horace Alexander Young: alto saxophone
Philippe de Lacroix Herpin: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Clifford Adams: trombone
Mark Ledford: trumpet
Mark Pharoah: violin
Chris Brierly: violin
John Metcalfe: viola
Helen Kamminga: viola
Robert Woollard: cello
Jub Davis: bass violin

Design by Russell Mills & Dave Coppenhall (mc2). Photography by Jak Kilby.


  1. Set (Clean) (N'Dour, Faye) 3'45
  2. Alboury (N'Dour) 4'15
  3. Sabar (N'Dour) 2'32
  4. Toxiques (N'Dour, Faye) 3'28
    • remixed with additional production by Daniel Lanois together with Coldcut for Ahead of Our Time Productions
  5. Sinebar (N'Dour, Faye) 4'45
  6. Medina (N'Dour) 3'22
  7. Miyoko (N'Dour, arranged Faye) 3'43
  8. Xale (Our Young People) (N'Dour, arranged Faye) 4'17
  9. Fenene (Another Place) (N'Dour, Faye) 5'17
  10. Fakastalu (Watch Your Step) (N'Dour, arranged Faye) 3'52
  11. Hey You! (N'Dour, Faye) 3'38
  12. One Day (Jaam) (N'Dour, Faye) 3'26
  13. Ay Chono La (N'Dour) 3'13


From the liner notes

This recording was performed by Youssou N'Dour with his band the Super Etoile de Dakar.

Youssou N'Dour is the voice of modern urban Africa-poet, groove-merchant and symbol for a young, self-aware African generation. From the streets of his cherished Dakar to the capitals of America and Europe, Youssou now reaches an audience other African performers could not. With this unprecedented exposure comes a big responsibility for this most charismatic of the new World Musicians - to strike in us all, better than any politician or conventional moralist, the chords of mutual recognition so essential to the future of the planet. Youssou's music uncannily beckons us to think globally while we dance locally. Small wonder so many think he is World Music's first legitimate superstar.