Musician Youssou N’Dour is reportedly planning to enter Senegalese politics in 2012, and there is speculation that his ambitions could extend to a run for the presidency itself. The star has announced that he is putting his music career on hold while he focuses on his political aspirations.
Many of Youssou N’Dour’s fans have expressed delight at his move, but figures from Senegal’s political scene are said to be less enthusiastic. The musician has undeniable star power in his home country, and even if he doesn’t run for the presidency, he could still be a major influence as the country prepares for next year’s elections.
N’Dour is an international star, with his music based on Senegal’s traditional mbalax sound having catapulted him to popularity. It remains to be seen whether he can parlay that into political success, but so far he seems to be rattling the cages of the country’s political elite.