The internationally renowned Senegalese singer and composer Youssou Madjiguène N’dour joined the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The artist is one of nine new members to join this great institution this year.
A consecration for the king of mbalax. He expressed his emotions through his social networks for this new international distinction. “It is with great pleasure and great humility that I learn of my promotion to join the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Music. It is a source of pride, one more step for Africa but above all an additional motivation “declared the child of the Medina before adding:” You have to be very determined in life and especially when you want to be a leader. Sometimes the road is long and only determination can accompany the person to achieve his goal. You also have to be very passionate and love what you do. This is the first motivation for someone who wants to be successful in their field.“
The Royal Academy of Music is one of the royal academies of Sweden. It was founded in 1771. Its ambition is to promote the development of music on the cultural, artistic, scientific and educational level. The academy conservatory which is the Royal Higher School of Music in Stockholm became independent in 1971. According to her, the king of Mbalax worshiped in his own country but also in Africa and internationally, is an “Innovator of West African music, drawing inspiration from traditional music, he developed and created an advanced form of contemporary music with the “Super Etoile de Dakar” ”. In addition, “the Senegalese singer is committed to promoting peace and democracy on the African continent, he has used culture as a tool and a means to build confidence in various conflicts. Through numerous collaborations with musicians from other cultures, as well as many years of touring around the world, he has allowed the rich traditional West African music to reach a large international audience.“
In total for this year 2020, four other non-Swedish artists: harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuel Haïm, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, conductor Kent Nagano, and finally composer Olga Neuwirth.