Youssou N'Dour is the innovative Senegalese singer, composer, bandleader and producer who introduced the music of Africa to new audiences worldwide. Labeled "West Africa's cultural ambassador to the world" by the New York Times, Mr. N'Dour was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.
Mr. N'Dour advocates for children at home and abroad, giving benefit performances and participating in social mobilization and advocacy campaigns. He has been a consistent supporter of the Roll-Back Malaria Partnership, a global initiative launched in 1998 to significantly reduce the number of malaria deaths.
In 2003, he created the Youssou N'Dour Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of African children by creating opportunities for sustainable economic development in families and communities.
Born in 1959 in Dakar, Mr. N'Dour became a successful singer by his teens. Drawing upon a unique mix of traditional music and modern instruments, he has been a major influence in shaping the sound of modern popular Senegalese music, known as mbalax. His album Egypt won the 2005 Grammy award for best contemporary world music.