Dominus Vobiscum, pilgrims!
Whenever I mention the name Youssou N’Dour, the first response i get from people is “Wasn’t he the guy that sang with Neneh Cherry on that track, ‘Seven Seconds‘ ??” Yes, he is that dude, and yes, the full name of the song is “7 Seconds to Heaven“. And While I also appreciate the fact that said song gave him the profile to reach a wider audience within the West, may i just say that said collaboration was back in the early 90s and there is so much more musically to Youssou N’Dour than just 7 seconds, thank you very much.
A good thing too, then, since tonight was a chance for Mr N’Dour to showcase other musical talent coming out of Africa, and not just the familiar names we’re familiar with. Enter Ms Suzanna Owiyo from Kenya and Carlou D from Senegal, who, in my opinion, had the audiences eating out of the palm of his hand. As for Youssou N’Dour? Always the musician and showman. I can also tell you this much: you just CANNOT take a bad picture of him. If you do, then something is seriously wrong with your eyesight. He was also engaging with the crowds at the Barbican, which is never a small feat. Speaking of feat, what is it with my people (of the African ilk) and timing? Halfway through the show, my people are only just taking their seats, and while I shouldn’t stereotype, every time I had a shot lined up and someone walked into the frame, I just knew who the guilty parties would be!
Anyway, enough with the chit-chat. Shots from the night:
That’s it for the night. It’s way past my bed time & I have to be up for an early morning meeting.
Till later, Vobiscum!
Food for Thought & Soul: “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole word, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8-36