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Youssou N’Dour: ‘Shukran Bamba’ (from ‘Egypt’)

Framed by an Egyptian-style orchestra and West African instruments together in arrangements by Egyptian composer/conductor Fathy Salama,Egypt captured N’Dour at a new vocal peak, and in a different musical setting than his mbalax and Europop fans knew.

Singing in his native Wolof and Arabic, N’Dour’s lyrics on this album are mostly in praise of the great Sufi Muslim saints of Senegal. This song, “Shukran Bamba,” is a thank-you to Sheikh Amadou Bamba (1853-1927), a revered spiritual leader who founded Senegal’s Murid brotherhood.