"Supporting the FAO campaign against world hunger is a cause near
to my heart. This appointment not only honours me, but all of Africa
and it strengthens even more my determination to work with FAO for
all those who are affected by the scourge of hunger and malnutrition."
said Senegalese singer Youssou N' Dour when he was nominated FAO
Ambassador in November 2000.
Youssou N'Dour, who was born in Dakar, is the
leading exponent of world fusion pop. He blends African traditional
music and Senegalese mbalax with reggae, jazz and rock, combining
the most modern recording techniques with African sounds and rhythms.
Mr. N'Dour has devoted considerable effort to
humanitarian activities. He has been associated with the International
Red Cross, the Jubilee 2000 Committee for the Cancellation of Third
World Debt and the United Nations anti-landmine campaign, among
others. He was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite
In 1999, Youssou N'Dour participated in a TeleFood
concert in Senegal, recorded several messages of support for FAO
and participated in television broadcasts dedicated to FAO. He has
been a strong FAO advocate during interviews with major international
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