Senegalese Musician Youssou N'Dour Announces Presidential Bid

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Youssou N'Dour (Photo: gdcgraphics/Wikipedia)

Presidential elections are due in Senegal in February. The man to beat is three-term incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade. Among other candidates is Senegalese musician and political activist Youssou N'Dour. He announced his candidacy Tuesday saying that he sees running for president as a "supreme patriotic duty." N'Dour's candidacy is perfect fodder for John Street, who studies the intersection of music and politics. Street is a professor at the University of East Anglia in the UK and author of the book "Music and Politics."