Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love
Dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
On DVD 04/06/10
YOUSSOU N'DOUR: I BRING WHAT I LOVE is a gorgeously photographed, music infused cinematic portrait of world famous Senegalese pop sensation Youssou N'Dour. Best known in the West for his collaborations with Bono and Peter Gabriel, N'Dour is one of the most beloved musicians in pop music and his legendary career has spanned decades.
In 2004, responding to negative perceptions about his Muslim faith, N'Dour recorded EGYPT, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam. In a critical and career-defining moment, the album was awarded the 2004 Grammy® for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM. While Western audiences embraced N'Dour's brave musical message, it encountered a serious religious backlash in his native country of Senegal where N'Dour is considered a national hero. Local critics and the media accused him of insulting Islam, arguing that pop and religious music should not mix.
Combining unprecedented images of Senegal's most sacred Muslim rituals, vibrant concert performances filmed around the world, and intimate access to N'Dour and his family, I BRING WHAT I LOVE chronicles the difficult path this remarkable artist must take. It is a stirring journey of faith, redemption, and the power of music to overcome intolerance.
As themselves Youssou N'Dour
Le Super Etoile De Dakar
The Fathy Salama Cairo Orchestra
Produced and Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Co-produced by Sarah Price Cinematography by Nick Doob
Cinematography/Co-producer Scott Duncan
Co-producer Gwyn Welles Edited by Jonathan Oppenheim
Editing Consultant Craig McKay Original Score Martin Davich
James Newton Howard
Original Score Instrumentals Jean-Philippe Rykiel Executive Producers Edward Tyler Nahem
Executive Producers Edward Tyler Nahem
Miklos C Vasarhelyi
Groovy Griot in association with 57th & Irving Productions
Rehearsal for first live performance of EGYPT.
"Ansak" – homage to Umm Kulthum.
A visit with Wyclef Jean.
Recording "The Messenger" with griot singer Moustapha Mbaye.
Oxfam photo shoot.
Catalog Number: OSC-020