Even when Senegalese singer Youssou NDour is off globetrotting, he doesnt forget his peeps. Take for example a 2002 performance at a Madrid amphitheater, where he noticed that a group of poor Senegalese immigrants was trying to catch a glimpse of the show atop a dumpster outside. He sent them a Wolof chant and waited for their excited reply, then cheered with them in Spanish
Many people in his own country might never get a chance to see him live, but the positive messages on his latest album will certainly hit home through the transistor radio waves. On Give and Take, he digs deep into his linguistic and musical roots to praise Senegals rich cultural history. How good it feels to be with family/Praise to those who braved the kitchen heat to feed us/The grateful rabbit should thank the bird for the fruits at the bottom of the tree, he belts out in Wolof on the number 4-4-44. Although most Miamians wont know exactly what hes Afro-popping off at the mouth about during tonights performance (we found the translation on the Internet), it wont take but seven seconds to become inspired by his heartfelt music. Catch him at the Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. The show begins at 8:00. Tickets cost $27 to $77. Call the Rhythm Foundation at 305-672-5202.
Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., 2007