Youssou N'Dour Quotes

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Born: October 1, 1959, Dakar, Senegal
Birth Country: Senegal
Occupation: Music artist

1.
I look at my people, and I look at those who control them - the political elite. And the sad thing is that the elites are just not interested in the welfare of the people.
- Youssou N'Dour

2.
I respect music, I do. I love it.
- Youssou N'Dour

3.
I think people should know more of Africa in terms of its joie de vivre, its feeling for life. In spite of the images that one knows about Africa - the economic poverty, the corruption - there's a joy to living and a happiness in community, living together, in community life, which may be missing here in America.
- Youssou N'Dour

4.
I think that Sufism fits all over the world. The concept is not anything that fits standard Western ideas - it's always related to culture, to music, to religion. It is a dominant religion in Senegal.
- Youssou N'Dour

5.
I'm a modern Muslim. I pray, and if I have a question, I ask someone who is more educated in the religion than me.
- Youssou N'Dour

6.
In politics, sometimes you have to lie, or you make a promise that you cannot keep.
- Youssou N'Dour

7.
In the West, you have always associated the Islamic faith 100 percent with Arab culture. This in itself is a fundamentalist attitude and it is mistaken.
- Youssou N'Dour

8.
Islam is a peaceful religion.
- Youssou N'Dour

9.
My father used to tell me about how musicians don't have respect from people and he was afraid about my future.
- Youssou N'Dour

10.
Politics is politics art is art. If you play a political role, you have to stop being an artist.
- Youssou N'Dour

11.
Travel teaches as much as books.
- Youssou N'Dour

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