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Youssou N'Dour: The Forum, London

Lisa Verrico, Times, The, 24 December 2002

YOUSSOU N'DOUR has much to thank his mother for. On her advice, this year, the Senegalese superstar stopped trying to please the pop audience that he picked up in the mid-'90s — when 'Seven Seconds', his duet with Neneh Cherry, became a huge hit — and released an album, Nothing's in Vain, that took him back to his roots.

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