Youssou N'Dour to Run for President of Senegal
Thu, 05 Jan 2012 09:01:10
Grammy-winning African music star Youssou N'Dour will run for president in his native Senegal. It's Wyclef Jean, Part II.
N'Dour announced his intention to stand in next month's election on his own television station, Television Futurs Media. N'Dour has criticized incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, saying he is "hearing in mono, not stereo" and claiming has held back the creation of a "new Senegal." That's a noble goal, for sure.
The Guardian reported that Senegal said, "For a long time, men and women have demonstrated their optimism, dreaming of a new Senegal. They have, in various ways, called for my candidacy … I listened I heard."
N'Dour has been prolific, releasing 27 albums over the past 28 years. He issued Mbalakh Dafay Wakh in 2011.
What do you think of musicians running for office? Is it as bad as actors running for office?