Senegalese Legend Youssou N’Dour Calls Burna Boy ‘Source Of Pride For Africa’ In Interview

Senegalese music legend Youssou N’Dour has referred to Burna Boy as “a boy with values” and called him “a source of pride for Africa” in an interview that Juliette Fievet recorded for her French YouTube channel Légendes Urbaines. The interview, published on October 4, 2023, covered a wide range of subjects, including N’Dour’s extensive partnerships with foreign musicians, his family, the value of education, his opinions on Burna Boy, and plans to develop the African music industry.

The 63-year-old music legend and former tourism minister was a featured artist on Burna Boy’s 2020 studio album, “Twice as Tall,” on the song “Level Up.” The 63rd Grammy Awards’ Best Global Music Album category was won by Burna Boy’s album, “Twice as Tall.” Burna Boy thanked Youssou N’Dour in a touching message and recognized him as an influential figure in his life and the African music scene. He was affectionately referred to as “Papa Youssou” by Burna Boy, who also said,

“He(Youssou N’Dour) is a father figure in this music industry; I have watched him since I was a kid. It has been an honour to have his blessing and presence with me at such pivotal time and life-changing moments”.

Youssou N’Dour commented on how amazing it is that Burna Boy has gone from local renown to global superstardom in reaction to Burna Boy’s moving statement. Additionally, he discussed how Burna Boy still draws inspiration from his roots in African music.

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