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A Complete History of Musicians Running for Office

Youssou N’Dour

 

A Complete History of Musicians Running for Office LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images

For most Western audiences, the singer is best known for his work supporting Peter Gabriel on the hit “In Your Eyes,” but in his home country of Senegal, N’Dour is a superstar. The singer/songwriter tried to leverage his fame into a shot at the presidency of his native land in 2012 but was disqualified after questions arose about the validity of the signatures he had gathered in support of his candidacy. That same year, N’Dour was given a government position as Minister of Culture and Tourism and in 2013, was appointed Special Adviser to the President.