Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love (image 1)

A story of artistic triumph withstanding a tide of derision, I Bring What I Love is, like N'Dour rich, powerful voice, inspiring.

Grayson Currin, Independent Weekly

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love 2008

Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

A generous mix of concert footage and personal encounter with Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, possessor of one of the most gorgeous voices in world music today. “Inspiring.” — Independent Weekly

USA In Arabic, English, French and Wolof with English subtitles
102 minutes 35mm

Director, Producer

Photography

Nick Doob
,
JoJo Pennebaker
,
Scott Duncan
,
Hugo Berkeley

Editors

Jonathan Oppenheim
,
Fernando Villena

Music

Youssou N'Dour
,
James Newton Howard
,
Martin Davich

With

Youssou N'Dour
,
Fathy Salama
,
Kabou Gueye
,
Le Super Etoile de Dakar
,
The Fathy Salama Cairo Orchestra
,
Moustapha Mbaye
,
Peter Gabriel
,
Neneh Cherry

Festivals

Toronto, Amsterdam Documentary 2008; SXSW 2009

Elsewhere

Possessor of one of the most gorgeous voices in world music today, the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour is widely admired for more than just his singing. In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the hundred most influential people in the world of art, highlighting his efforts to spread technology in Africa and to fight poverty. He is seen by many Africans as the epitome of global success and self-confidence. This documentary delivers a gratifying amount of that voice in an amazing array of different concert venues around the world. It also provides a close-up picture of the personal crisis N'Dour endured as he negotiated the religious/political fallout from his 2004 album Egypt. Dedicated to his love for the Islamic faith, it was acclaimed as both beautiful and timely in the West but considered blasphemous in Senegal. With N'Dour as its guide – and his proud family looking on – this film reveals the spiritual and musical sources that led to Egypt and what the singer was hoping to achieve for himself and his audience. — BG