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Youssou N'Dour: Return to Goree

This 2006 musical road movie, Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.

From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert. 

Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud. English and French with English subtitles.
Faculty Discussant:
Hans Lüdemann, Julien and Virginia Cornell Distinguished Visiting Professor

7:00 P.M.

Sponsored by Swarthmore's Black Studies Program and the McCabe Library