Ismaël Lô is a Senegalese musician and actor. He was born in Niger on 30 August 1956, to a Senegalese father and a Nigerien mother. Shortly after Lo's birth the family returned to Senegal where they settled in the town of Rufisque, near the capital Dakar, he plays guitar and harmonica, has been called "the Bob Dylan of Africa". In the 1970s, Lo studied at the School of Art in Dakar, he joined the popular group Super Diamono, but left in 1984 to start a solo career. Over the next four years Lo recorded five popular solo albums. In 1988, he plays in it, he will star in Moussa Sene Absa's film Tableau Ferraille, in 1996, compose more soundtracks. In 1990, Lo signed a recording deal with Barclay and recorded in France his seventh solo album, Ismael Lo. Thanks to the success of the single "Tajabone" the album became a hit in the European charts; the album launched Lo’s international career. Iso was recorded and released in 1994, became a success; the album contains traditional Senegalese mbalax. The following year Lo toured in Africa.
The compilation album Jammu Africa was released in 1996. The song "Without Blame" is a duet with Marianne Faithfull. Lo's song "Tajabone" was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's film All About My Mother. In 2002, he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor, his latest album Sénégal was recorded in Dakar and London. Lo says of it, "Giving this album the title Sénégal was my way of paying tribute to my own country, in recognition of all its gifts to me"; the film Shake Hands with the Devil, about the Rwandan genocide, starts with Lo's song "Jammu Africa". Gor Sayina Yaye Boye Balalma / Gor Saay Na / Ale Lo/ Woudje Yaye -- Tiedo / N'daxami / Sey / Adou CalpeXalat Xalat / Tali Be / Lote Lo -- Xamul Dara / Mariama / Fa DialloXiif Alal / Bode Gor / Xiif -- Tiedo / Diouma / Marie LoNatt Ataya / Natt / Djola Kele -- Samag La / Mougneul / Tadieu BoneDiawar Jele Bi/ Sophia / Taar Dousey -- Diawar / Jalia / Adou CalpeWadiour Wadiour / Diabar / Souleymane -- Mbarawath / Nene / TarihaIsmael Lo Tajabone / Raciste / Ale Lo / Jiggeny Ndakaru / Fa Diallo / Souleymane / M'barawath / NeneIso Dibi Dibi Rek / Nafantav / La Femme sans haine / Rero / Senegambie / Baol Baol / Naboou / Nassarane / Wassalia / Setsinala / Khar / SamayayeJammu Africa Jammu Africa / Nafantav / Sofia / Tajabone / Raciste / Nabou / Without Blame / Dibi Dibi Rek / Lotte Lo / Souleymane / Samba Et Leuk / Takou Deneu / KharDabah Aiwa / L'amour a tous les droits / Biguisse / Amoul Solo / Dabah / Boulfale / Faut qu'on s'aime / Africa Democratie / Diour Sani / Badara / Ma dame / N'Dally / Xalas / MamSénégal"Baykat" "Incha Allah" "Tass Yakar" "Jola" "Taar Dusey" "Manko" "Yaye Boye" "Plus je fais ci, plus je fais ça" "Mbindane" "Wakhal" "Ouvriers" "Jiguen" "Ma fille" "Tajabone" Rero Africa Nossa RFI Musique biography Official page French bio Allmusic link Lo discography
West Africa is the westernmost region of Africa. The United Nations defines Western Africa as the 16 countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, as well as the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Saint Helena and Tristan da Cunha; the population of West Africa is estimated at about 362 million people as of 2016, at 381,981,000 as of 2017, to which 189,672,000 are female, 192,309,000 male. Studies of human mitochondrial DNA suggest that all humans share common ancestors from Africa, originated in the southwestern regions near the coastal border of Namibia and Angola at the approximate coordinates 12.5° E, 17.5°S with a divergence in the migration path around 37.5°E, 22.5°N near the Red Sea. A particular haplogroup of DNA, haplogroup L2, evolved between 87,000 and 107,000 years ago or approx. 90,000 YBP. Its age and widespread distribution and diversity across the continent makes its exact origin point within Africa difficult to trace with any confidence, however an origin for several L2 groups in West or Central Africa seems with the highest diversity in West Africa.
Most of its subclades are confined to West and western-Central Africa. Because of the large numbers of West Africans enslaved in the Atlantic slave trade, most African Americans are to have mixed ancestry from different regions of western Africa; the history of West Africa can be divided into five major periods: first, its prehistory, in which the first human settlers arrived, developed agriculture, made contact with peoples to the north. Early human settlers from northern Holocene societies arrived in West Africa around 12,000 B. C. At Gobero, the Kiffian, who were hunters of tall stature, lived during the green Sahara between 10,000 and 8,000 years ago; the Tenerian, who were a more built people that hunted and herded cattle, lived during the latter part of the green Sahara 7,000 to 4,500 years ago. Sedentary farming began in, or around the fifth millennium B. C, as well as the domestication of cattle. By 1500 B. C, ironworking technology allowed an expansion of agricultural productivity, the first city-states formed.
Northern tribes developed walled settlements and non-walled settlements that numbered at 400. In the forest region, Iron Age cultures began to flourish, an inter-region trade began to appear; the desertification of the Sahara and the climatic change of the coast cause trade with upper Mediterranean peoples to be seen. The domestication of the camel allowed the development of a trans-Saharan trade with cultures across the Sahara, including Carthage and the Berbers. Local leather and gold contributed to the abundance of prosperity for many of the following empires; the development of the region's economy allowed more centralized states and civilizations to form, beginning with Dhar Tichitt that began in 1600 B. C. followed by Djenné-Djenno beginning in 300 B. C; this was succeeded by the Ghana Empire that first flourished between the 9th and 12th centuries, which gave way to the Mali Empire. In current-day Mauritania, there exist archaeological sites in the towns of Tichit and Oualata that were constructed around 2000 B.
C. and were found to have originated from the Soninke branch of the Mandé peoples, according to their tradition, originate from Aswan, Egypt. Based on the archaeology of city of Kumbi Saleh in modern-day Mauritania, the Mali empire came to dominate much of the region until its defeat by Almoravid invaders in 1052. Three great kingdoms were identified in Bilad al-Sudan by the ninth century, they included Ghana and Kanem. The Sosso Empire sought to fill the void, but was defeated by the Mandinka forces of Sundiata Keita, founder of the new Mali Empire; the Mali Empire continued to flourish for several centuries, most under Sundiata's grandnephew Musa I, before a succession of weak rulers led to its collapse under Mossi and Songhai invaders. In the 15th century, the Songhai would form a new dominant state based on Gao, in the Songhai Empire, under the leadership of Sonni Ali and Askia Mohammed. Meanwhile, south of the Sudan, strong city states arose in Igboland, such as the 10th-century Kingdom of Nri, which helped birth the arts and customs of the Igbo people, Bono in the 12th century, which culminated in the formation the all-powerful Akan Empire of Ashanti, while Ife rose to prominence around the 14th century.
Further east, Oyo arose as the dominant Yoruba state and the Aro Confederacy as a dominant Igbo state in modern-day Nigeria. The Kingdom of Nri was a West African medieval state in the present-day southeastern Nigeria and a subgroup of the Igbo people; the Kingdom of Nri was unusual in the history of world government in that its leader exercised no military power over his subjects. The kingdom existed as a sphere of religious and political influence over a third of Igboland and was administered by a priest-king called as an Eze Nri; the Eze Nri managed trade and diplomacy on behalf of the Nri people and possessed divine authority in religious matters. The Oyo Empire was a Yoruba empire of what is today Western and North c
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The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
"Aïcha" is the name of a song written by the French singer songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman. The title refers to an Arabic female name; the song was performed by Algerian raï artist Khaled. The original French single was never released in an album, though Khaled's 1996 album Sahra featured a bilingual version of the song sung in both French and Arabic; the Arabic lyrics for the bilingual version of the song are written by Khaled. Khaled's music video was directed by Sarah Moon; the song's lyrics are about a woman named Aïcha, being wooed by a man. He promises her pearls, jewels and other luxuries and romantic things, to which she replies: Keep your treasures I'm worth more than all that Bars are bars if made of gold I want the same rights as you And respect for each day I don't want anything but loveThe song's chorus has the following words in French: Aïcha, Aïcha, écoute-moi = Aisha, listen to me Aïcha, Aïcha, t'en va pas = Aisha, don't go away Aïcha, Aïcha, regarde-moi = Aisha, look at me Aïcha, Aïcha, réponds-moi = Aisha, answer meThe lyrics were all in French.
The Arabic verse by Khaled added is as follows: نبغيك عايشة ونموت عليك = I want you Aisha and would die for you هادي قصية حياتي وحبي = This is the story of my life and my love انت عمري وانت حياتي = You are my years and you are my life تمنيت نعيش معك غير انت = I wish to live with you, only you CD single"Aïcha" — 4:20 "Aïcha" — 4:20 In 2002, the Danish hip hop band, Outlandish and released an English version of the song "Aicha", included in their album Bread & Barrels of Water. It was mixed & produced and musically performed by Mintman; the song peaked at #2 in the Mega Single Top 100 for two weeks and for three weeks in the Swedish Singles Chart. It reached the top in Switzerland, #3 in Austria and Norway, #8 in Belgium. A video was shot for the single. CD maxi"Aicha" "Aicha" "Aicha" Outlandish feat. Majid & Asmaá - "El Moro" The original song has since been remade by several singers and bands: The French version was performed by Khaled with fellow Raï singer Faudel at the famous 1998 1,2,3 Soleils concert in Paris Video on YouTube A zouk version was made by Kassav' A salsa version was made by Africando Video on YouTube A cappella versions by Penn Masala, Stanford Raagapella, Alaa Wardi, Aquabella Indian/Dubai based singer, Rayshad Rauf adapted Outlandish's chorus part in one of his Mashups Don't, A nasheed version by Omar EsaIt has been adapted to several other languages: An Urdu version by Amanat Ali, titled Aaisha, was featured on the Pakistani Music program Coke Studio.
A French / Arabic version by Lobo Ismail with altered lyrics and added a uniquely composed Arabic language rap sequence Video on YouTube An English rock version by Outlandish A Polish version by Magma Video on YouTube A Malay version with bits of Arabic by Yasin, titled as Aishah Video on YouTube. A Serbian version was made by Dragana Mirković and was titled Hajde pogledaj me Video on YouTube A Korean version by Tony An titled Aisha A Hebrew version, titled "Aisha", was written by Ehud Manor and performed vby Haim Moshe Video on YouTube A Turkish version by Mutaf, titled "Ayşa" A Greek version, titled "M'aresei", was performed by Kostas Bigalis. Video on youtube. A second Greek version, titled "Alithia Sou Leo", was performed by Stamatis Gonidis in 2006 Video on YouTube A Spanish / Arabic version titled "Aicha" by Amistades Peligrosas Video on YouTube A Croatian version was made by Duško Lokin. Song title is Aisha. A Norwegian version titled Aisha" was made by Emiré og Lillebror Video on YouTube A Breton version, was made by Manau.
A techno, acoustic-guitar version was performed by guitarist Muayad Jajo in Sulaimaniya in August 2014, published by Elite Studios. List of Romanian Top 100 number ones of the 2000s
Salif Keïta is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is notable not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa" but because he has albinism, he is a member of the Keita royal family of Mali. Salif Keita was born a traditional prince in the village of Djoliba, he was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community because of his albinism, a sign of bad luck in Mandinka culture. In 1967, he left Djoliba for Bamako, where he joined the government sponsored Super Rail Band de Bamako. In 1973 Keita joined Les Ambassadeurs. Keita and Les Ambassadeurs fled political unrest in Mali during the mid-1970s for Abidjan, Ivory Coast, subsequently changed the group's name to "Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux"; the reputation of Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux rose to the international level in the 1970s, in 1977 Keita received a National Order award from the president of Guinea, Sékou Touré. He is the father of Paralympian athlete Nantenin Keita. Keita moved to Paris in 1984 to reach a larger audience.
His music combines traditional West African music styles with influences from both Europe and the Americas. Musical instruments that are featured in Keita's work include balafons, guitars, organs and synthesizers, he performed at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in 1988 to call for Nelson Mandela's release from prison. In 1990, Keita contributed "Begin the Beguine" to the Cole Porter tribute/AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Blue, produced by the Red Hot Organization. Keita found success in Europe as one of the African stars of world music, but his work was sometimes criticised for the gloss of its production and for the occasional haphazard quality. However, shortly after the turn of the millennium he returned to Bamako in Mali to record, his first work after going home, 2002's Moffou, was hailed as his best album in many years, Keita was inspired to build a recording studio in Bamako, which he used for his album M'Bemba, released in October 2005. Guest artists on his albums have included Weather Report founders Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, drummer Paco Sery, guitarist Carlos Santana, percussionist Bill Summers.
Keita's album La Différence was produced around the end of 2009. The work is dedicated to the struggle of the world albino community, for which Keita has been crusading all his life. In one of the album's tracks, the singer calls others to understand that "difference" does not mean "bad" and to show love and compassion towards albinos like everyone else: "I am black/ my skin is white/ so I am white and my blood is black /... I love that because it is a difference that's beautiful", "some of us are beautiful some are not/some are black some are white/all that difference was on purpose...for us to complete each other/let everyone get his love and dignity/the world will be beautiful." La Différence was recorded between Bamako, Beirut and Los Angeles. This unique musical feel is reinforced by soulful pitches in the track "Samigna" emanating from the trumpet of the great Lebanese jazzman Ibrahim Maalouf. La Différence won Keita one of the biggest musical awards of his career: the Best World Music 2010 at the Victoires de la musique.
In 2013, after what he described as "threats" from the Boycott and Sanctions campaign, he cancelled a performance in Israel. He published a letter on his Facebook page, stating that he decided to cancel the event because he was scared of "being harmed or professionally", but clarified that he still "love Israel", slamming BDS as an "extremist group" who used "scare tactics and bullying". In late October 2017, it was announced that Salif Keita will release a new album "soon". Seydou Bathili - 1982 Soro - 1987 - Mango Ko-Yan - 1989 - Mango Amen - 1991 - Mango Destiny of a Noble Outcast - 1991 - PolyGram 69-80 - 1994 - Sonodisc Folon - 1995 - Mango Rail Band - 1996 - Melodie Seydou Bathili - 1997 - Sonodisc Papa - 1999 - Blue Note Mama - 2000 - Capitol The Best of Salif Keita - 2001 - Wrasse Records Sosie - 2001 - Mellemfolkeligt Moffou - 2002 - Universal Jazz France Salif Keita The Best of the Early Years - 2002 - Wrasse Records Remixes from Moffou - 2004 - Universal Jazz France M'Bemba - 2005 - Universal Jazz France The Lost Album - 1980 - Cantos La Différence - 2009 - Emarcy Talé - 2012 - with Philippe Cohen-Solal Un Autre Blanc - 2018 Naïve RecordsMany compilations are available as well Yamore Cherif Keita, Outcast to Ambassador: The Musical Odyssey of Salif Keita CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform At minute 45 of this interview, Cherif Keita begins talking about Salif Keita.
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Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country located on the south coast of West Africa. Ivory Coast's political capital is Yamoussoukro in the centre of the country, while its economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan, it borders Guinea and Liberia to the west, Burkina Faso and Mali to the north, Ghana to the east, the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Before its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states, including Gyaaman, the Kong Empire, Baoulé; the area became a protectorate of France in 1843 and was consolidated as a French colony in 1893 amid the European scramble for Africa. It achieved independence in 1960, led by Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who ruled the country until 1993. Stable by regional standards, Ivory Coast established close political and economic ties with its West African neighbors while at the same time maintaining close relations to the West France. Ivory Coast experienced a coup d'état in 1999 and two religiously-grounded civil wars, first between 2002 and 2007 and again during 2010–2011.
In 2000, the country adopted a new constitution. Ivory Coast is a republic with strong executive power vested in its president. Through the production of coffee and cocoa, the country was an economic powerhouse in West Africa during the 1960s and 1970s, though it went through an economic crisis in the 1980s, contributing to a period of political and social turmoil. Only around 2014 has GDP per capita in the country again reached the level of its peak in the 1970s. In the 21st century, the Ivorian economy is market-based and still relies on agriculture, with smallholder cash-crop production being dominant; the official language is French, with local indigenous languages widely used, including Baoulé, Dan and Cebaara Senufo. In total there are around 78 languages spoken in Ivory Coast. There are large populations of Muslims and various indigenous religions. Portuguese and French merchant-explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries divided the west coast of Africa roughly, into four "coasts" reflecting local economies.
The coast that the French named the Côte d'Ivoire and the Portuguese named the Costa Do Marfim—both mean "Coast of Ivory"—lay between what was known as the Guiné de Cabo Verde, so-called "Upper Guinea" at Cap-Vert, Lower Guinea. There was a Pepper Coast known as the "Grain Coast", a "Gold Coast", a "Slave Coast". Like those, the name "Ivory Coast" reflected the major trade that occurred on that particular stretch of the coast: the export of ivory. Other names included the Côte de Dents "Coast of Teeth", again reflecting the trade in ivory. One can find the name Cote de Dents used in older works, it was used in Duckett's Dictionnaire and by Nicolas Villault de Bellefond, for example, although Antoine François Prévost used Côte d'Ivoire. In the 19th century, usage switched to Côte d'Ivoire; the coastline of the modern state is not quite coterminous with what the 15th- and 16th-century merchants knew as the "Teeth" or "Ivory" coast, considered to stretch from Cape Palmas to Cape Three Points and, thus now divided between the modern states of Ghana and Ivory Coast.
It retained the name through French rule and independence in 1960. The name had long since been translated into other languages, which the post-independence government considered troublesome whenever its international dealings extended beyond the Francophone sphere. Therefore, in April 1986, the government declared that Côte d'Ivoire would be its formal name for the purposes of diplomatic protocol, since officially refuses to recognize or accept any translation from French to another language in its international dealings. Despite the Ivorian government's request, the English translation "Ivory Coast" is still used in English by various media outlets and publications; the first human presence in Ivory Coast has been difficult to determine because human remains have not been well preserved in the country's humid climate. However, newly found weapon and tool fragments have been interpreted as a possible indication of a large human presence during the Upper Paleolithic period, or at the minimum, the Neolithic period.
The earliest known inhabitants of Ivory Coast have left traces scattered throughout the territory. Historians believe that they were all either displaced or absorbed by the ancestors of the present indigenous inhabitants, who migrated south into the area before the 16th century; such groups included the Kotrowou, Zéhiri, Ega and Diès. The first recorded history appears in the chronicles of North African traders, from early Roman times, conducted a caravan trade across the Sahara in salt, slaves and other goods; the southern terminals of the trans-Saharan trade routes were located on the edge of the desert, from there supplemental trade extended as far south as the edge of the rain forest. The more important terminals—Djenné, Timbuctu—grew into major commercial centres around which the great Sudanic empires developed. By controlling the trade routes with their powerful military forces, these empires were able
Youssou N'Dour is a Senegalese singer, composer, occasional actor and politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine described him as, "perhaps the most famous singer alive" in Senegal and much of Africa. From April 2012 to September 2013, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism. N'Dour helped develop a style of popular Senegalese music called mbalax, a genre that fused traditional polyrhythms derived from the Wolof sabar with popular urban dance music from the African diaspora, he is the subject of the award-winning films Return to Gorée directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, which were released around the world. In 2006, N'Dour was cast as Olaudah Equiano in the film Amazing Grace. N'Dour was born in Dakar to a Serer father, he started performing at age 12 and was performing with the Star Band, Dakar's most popular group during the early 1970s. Despite N'Dour's maternal connection to the traditional griot caste, he was not raised in that tradition, which he learned instead from his siblings.
His parents' world view encouraged a modern outlook, leaving him open to two cultures and thereby inspiring N'Dour's identity as a modern griot. As a Muslim, he has incorporated aspects of Islamic music in his work. In 1979, he formed the Étoile de Dakar, his early work with the group, in the Latin style, was popular all over Africa during that time. In the 1980s, he developed a unique sound with his ultimate group, Super Étoile de Dakar featuring Jimi Mbaye on guitar, bassist Habib Faye, tama player Assane Thiam. By 1991, he had opened his own recording studio, and, by 1995, Jololi. N'Dour is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history, his mix of traditional Senegalese mbalax with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban rumba to hip hop and soul won him an international fan base of millions. In the West, N'Dour collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Axelle Red, Alan Stivell, Bran Van 3000, Neneh Cherry, Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, James Newton Howard, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lou Reed, Bruce Cockburn, others.
The New York Times described his voice as an "arresting tenor, a supple weapon deployed with prophetic authority". N'Dour's work absorbed the entire Senegalese musical spectrum filtered through the lens of genre-defying rock or pop music from outside Senegalese culture. In July 1993, Africa Opera composed by N'Dour premiered at the Opéra Garnier for the French Festival Paris quartier d'été. In 1994, N'dour released his biggest international hit single, the trilingual "7 Seconds", a duet sung with Neneh Cherry, he wrote and performed the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup with Axelle Red "La Cour des Grands". Folk Roots magazine described him as the African Artist of the Century, he toured internationally for thirty years. He won his first American Grammy Award for his CD Egypt in 2005, he is the proprietor of L'Observateur, one of the widest-circulation newspapers in Senegal, the radio station RFM and the TV channel TFM. In 2002, N'Dour was honoured with a Prince Claus Award, under that year's theme "Languages and transcultural forms of expression".
In 2006, N'Dour played the role of the African-British abolitionist Olaudah Equiano in the movie Amazing Grace, which chronicled the efforts of William Wilberforce to end slavery in the British Empire. In 2008, N'Dour offered one of his compositions, Bébé, for the French singer Cynthia Brown. In 2011, N'Dour was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in Music from Yale University. In 2013, N'Dour won a share of Sweden's $150,000 Polar music prize for promoting understanding between faiths as well as for his music. N'Dour was nominated as Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 16 October 2000. In Senegal, N'Dour became a powerful cultural icon involved in social issues. In 1985, he organized a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela, he was a featured performer in the 1988 worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour collaborating with Lou Reed on a version of the Peter Gabriel song "Biko", produced by Richard James Burgess and featured on the Amnesty International benefit album The Secret Policeman's Third Ball.
He worked with the United Nations and UNICEF, he started Project Joko to open internet cafés in Africa and to connect Senegalese communities around the world. In 2003, N'Dour cancelled an upcoming American tour in order to publicly deny support for the upcoming American invasion of Iraq. In a public statement explaining his decision, N'Dour said:It is my strong conviction that the responsibility for disarming Iraq should rest with the United Nations; as a matter of conscience I question the United States government's apparent intention to commence war in Iraq. I believe that coming to America at this time would be perceived in many parts of the world--rightly or wrongly--as support for this policy, that, as a consequence, it is inappropriate to perform in the US at this juncture, he performed in three of the Live 8 concerts on 2 July 2005, with Dido. He covered John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" for the 2007 CD Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, he appeared in a joint Spain-Senegal ad campaign to inform the African public about the dramatic consequences of illegal immigration.
N'Dour participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2007. In 2008, he joined the Fondation Chirac's honour committee; the same year