Popular Senegalese international music star, Youssou N’dour, has been warming up for his first major series of concerts in The Gambia after re-launching his career in 2013, which was suspended by party politics in his home country.
The influential musician, who runs several media outlets in Senegal including a television and radio station has recently signed over D3M (three million dalasis) contract with the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation Staff Association (SSHFC) for a three-day concerts in The Gambia this month.
Ever since the deal was sealed for performance in The Gambia, fans of the star have been reacting positively to the development in that it has been several years since Youssour last performed in Banjul. Expectations are high that his Banjul concerts will attract thousands of people near and far to witness Youssour live on stages in The Gambia. But they have been even eager to see him, especially after releasing new singles at last year’s Bercy concert in France. It will be recalled that the Grammy Award winning artist and his Super Etoile Band took the world by storm when they made a music comeback at a grand concerts on October 12th 2013, at the Palais Omnisports De Paris, Bercy, France where hundreds of thousands from across Europe and African had attended. Since that time, Gambians have been looking forward to an opportunity to see him again live in concerts in their home country.
Also to be featured during Youssour’s concerts in The Gambia is the country’s most celebrated artist and kora maestro, Jaliba Kuyateh, who in January launched his twin albums at the Sahel Fitness Center in Bijilo. Other Gambia artists have also been lined up to perform alongside Youssour in concerts to be held at the Independence Stadium and the Pencha Mi hall in Kololi.
Update 2014.04.06, Concert dates as follows
April 18th – Independence Stadium
April 19th – Pencha Mii Hall, Paradise Suites Hotel
April 20th – Independence Stadium