Universal Music Africa (UMA) has struck a multi-year, exclusive partnership with legendary Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour and his music company, TBI Publishing S.A.
The global pact comes at NDour prepares to release a new album on Nov. 12. N'Dour achieved global recognition in the 1980s, when he released Billboard Hot 100-charting duet "7 Seconds" with Neneh Cherry, toured with Peter Gabriel and performed at Wembley Stadium alongside Sting, Tracy Chapman and Bruce Springsteen for Amnesty International. Over his nearly five-decade career as a musician, he has been nominated for six Grammy awards, winning one, and was awarded the Polaris Music Prize in 2013.
"It is an honor and a great pride for Universal Music Africa, to have gained the trust of such a monumental figure in African music culture," UMA managing director Franck Kacou said. "N'Dour has inspired multiple generations of music fans, each time with his impressive relevance, social resonance and most importantly with his timeless songwriting.