Edinburgh International Festival: Youssou N’Dour

Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

Edinburgh International Festival: Youssou N’Dour

Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

Description

In the Serer tradition of West Africa, boys create sacred songs to mark their transition to adulthood. This rite of passage has inspired the Senegalese genre known as mbalax, which fuses rock, jazz, soul, Latin and more.

Youssou N’Dour – AKA ‘the undisputed king of Senegalese music’ (The Guardian) – has played a pivotal role in shaping mbalax. He has amassed a tremendous reputation for his innovative music-making, with Rolling Stone recently ranking him at number 69 on its list of 200 Greatest Singers of All Time. He has collaborated with a huge cross-section of eminent contemporary musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

N’Dour’s poignant lyrics – which often combine the languages of Wolof, French and English – capture the mood of the Senegalese nation. In unison with his musical career, he plays an active role in politics and has consistently championed progressive social causes.

This is his second International Festival performance, offering a rare opportunity to hear his striking musical style here in Scotland.

How To Get Your Tickets

1. Book your desired number of tickets and await an email from us confirming your order. This email will contain a booking confirmation PDF, this is NOT a ticket.

2. Await your e-ticket(s) from the venue - these will usually be delivered on the day of the event. Your e-ticket(s) will be sent to your primary email address.

3. Take your e-ticket(s) and show them on entry at the event. Ensure that you take personal ID with you or you may be turned away.

Accessibility Information

• These are standing tickets.

• Please note: All access bookings must currently be made directly through the event organiser. Please contact them via this link - https://www.eif.co.uk/access. If we can assist in any way please get in touch.

• Contains strobe lighting, flashing lights and haze.

Additional Information

• Run time is approximately 1 hour 40 mins (No interval)

We are not the event organisers, so we recommend you check https://www.eif.co.uk/events/youssou-ndour or accessibility information. We will endeavour to pass on any event updates, including scheduling changes and cancellations. However, we may not find out about these updates until they are public, so please be responsible for checking the status of your event.

Genre
Dates & times

Tuesday, 13 Aug 2024 8:00pm to 9:45pm

In the Serer tradition of West Africa, boys create sacred songs to mark their transition to adulthood. This rite of passage has inspired the Senegalese genre known as mbalax, which fuses rock, jazz, soul, Latin and more.

Youssou N’Dour – AKA ‘the undisputed king of Senegalese music’ (The Guardian) – has played a pivotal role in shaping mbalax. He has amassed a tremendous reputation for his innovative music-making, with Rolling Stone recently ranking him at number 69 on its list of 200 Greatest Singers of All Time. He has collaborated with a huge cross-section of eminent contemporary musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

N’Dour’s poignant lyrics – which often combine the languages of Wolof, French and English – capture the mood of the Senegalese nation. In unison with his musical career, he plays an active role in politics and has consistently championed progressive social causes.

This is his second International Festival performance, offering a rare opportunity to hear his striking musical style here in Scotland.

How To Get Your Tickets

1. Book your desired number of tickets and await an email from us confirming your order. This email will contain a booking confirmation PDF, this is NOT a ticket.

2. Await your e-ticket(s) from the venue - these will usually be delivered on the day of the event. Your e-ticket(s) will be sent to your primary email address.

3. Take your e-ticket(s) and show them on entry at the event. Ensure that you take personal ID with you or you may be turned away.

Accessibility Information

• These are standing tickets.

• Please note: All access bookings must currently be made directly through the event organiser. Please contact them via this link - https://www.eif.co.uk/access. If we can assist in any way please get in touch.

• Contains strobe lighting, flashing lights and haze.

Additional Information

• Run time is approximately 1 hour 40 mins (No interval)

We are not the event organisers, so we recommend you check https://www.eif.co.uk/events/youssou-ndour or accessibility information. We will endeavour to pass on any event updates, including scheduling changes and cancellations. However, we may not find out about these updates until they are public, so please be responsible for checking the status of your event.

Tickets
You may purchase a maximum of 4 tickets for this event.

Free TFG Ticket

£4.25 Booking fee per person

Location

Usher Hall

Lothian Rd

Edinburgh

EH1 2EA

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