Youssou N’Dour in Monaco – 16 Images

These were taken six years ago this week in Monte Carlo, Monaco. When Youssou N’Dour began to sing My Hope is in You on my radio this morning, I decided it was a clear sign that I needed to take some time today and finally give these images a permanent home here. My dear fellow N’Dour fans, you’re welcome. 🙂

That concert on November 22, 2009, at the Principality’s Salle des Etoiles on the Avenue Princesse Grace was the first and only time I’ve had the pleasure to watch and listen to N’Dour, a Grammy-award winner and one of Africa’s most recognized artists, live. I hope it won’t the last.

Like Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil, another of my early ‘world music’ heroes, N’Dour opened my ears and eyes to an entirely new universe of sounds, West African rhythms which themselves were the pivotal roots to so much of the music the world has enjoyed as a consequence of the African diaspora. More than three decades have passed and I have yet to stop exploring music from that part of the world. Next on the agenda is to make an opportunity to physically explore some of the lands of Africa’s north- and central western coasts.

Fifteen more images are below, beginning with another six in black and white.

Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 06 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 07 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 08 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 10 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 11 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 09And another nine in color:

Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 14 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 16 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 13 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 15 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 03 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 02 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 01 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 04 Youssou N’Dour in Monaco - November 2009 - 05All images © Bob Ramsak 2009-2015. All rights reserved. High resolution images available. For editorial use please get in touch. For print purchases please visit here; for greeting cards and post cards here. If you’d like a print or card of an image not yet listed in those portfolios, let me know. I’ll be happy to make it available.

And below for your listening pleasure, My Hope is in You.

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And for the record: the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 693rd straight. And this post for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge Theme, ‘Transition‘, illustrating the transition most of these photos have made from their temporary home on an external hard drive to a more permanent one here. 🙂

 

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  1. Patricia A. McGoldrick says

    Great photos of a talented artist. I haven’t heard him sing since he joined Springsteen and others for Chimes of Freedom!

  2. Shellie Troy Anderson says

    Lucky you going to a live concert! First heard of N’Dour in the Yucatan. The influence of Cuban music was strong in that part of southern Mexico and N’Dour had been mixing it up with Cuban rhythms. I’m no musicologist but I do know N’Dour’s sound seemed to speak to the global consciousness that was developing in the early 90s. 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      To a great extent it still does.

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  4. kunstkitchen says

    I am a big fan of Yossou N’Dour. But have never seen him live. Great photos.

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