Youssou was born on 1st October 1959 in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. The son of a car mechanic grew up in Medina, a hard-bitten part of the city. His musical talent already became obvious as a teenager, when performing in the parking lots outside the city’s dance clubs.
Since the 1970s, Youssou has shaped the music style mbalax more than anybody else. In the 1980s, he and his band The Super Etoile even started making it famous internationally. Youssou’s awesome talent and his numerous albums brought him global fame. The New York Times called him “one of the world’s greatest singers” and countless fans around the world agree.