Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

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Overview

As one of two major documentaries on hotly debated Senegalese world musician Youssou N'Dour to emerge within a year of one another see also Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gor?e, this particular chronicle was produced and shot over a period of several years. Helmed by director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, it witnesses the evolution and production of N'Dour's June 2004 album Egypt, on the Nonesuch label -- the recording that details N'Dour fully expressing his newfound Muslim faith. A veritable bedrock of controversy, the...
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Overview

As one of two major documentaries on hotly debated Senegalese world musician Youssou N'Dour to emerge within a year of one another see also Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée, this particular chronicle was produced and shot over a period of several years. Helmed by director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, it witnesses the evolution and production of N'Dour's June 2004 album Egypt, on the Nonesuch label -- the recording that details N'Dour fully expressing his newfound Muslim faith. A veritable bedrock of controversy, the album courted objections from multiple countries: Americans objected because of their post-9/11 tendencies to attribute Islam to violent extremism; Senegalese DJs and radio-station proprietors objected given the odd discomfiture associated with playing religious music about Allah alongside often-racy selections by other acts. Even more significantly, N'Dour inadvertently carried this controversy a step further by performing live during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan -- thus infuriating Senegalese religious conservatives. The film witnesses N'Dour confronting these challenges head-on and, incredibly, surmounting them with great ease and finesse.
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Special Features

Rehearsal for first live performances of Egypt; "Ansak" - homage to Umm Kulthum; "Birima" performance; A visit with Wyclef Jean; Recording "The Messenger" with griot singer Moustapha Mbaye; Oxfam photo shoot
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • UPC: 896602002203
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Oscilloscope
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,507

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Youssou N'Dour Participant
The Fathy Salama Cairo Orchestra Participant
Peter Gabriel Participant
Kabou Gueye Participant
Fathi Salama Participant
Le Super Etoile de Dakar Participant
Technical Credits
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Director, Producer
Hugo Berkeley Cinematographer, Producer
Martin Davich Score Composer
Nick Doob Cinematographer
Scott Duncan Cinematographer, Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Jack Turner Executive Producer
Jennifer Millstone Executive Producer
Patrick Morris Executive Producer
Edward Tyler Nahem Executive Producer
Jonathan Oppenheim Editor
Jojo Pennebaker Cinematographer
Sarah Price Producer
Jean-Philippe Rykel Score Composer
Miklos Vasarhelyi Executive Producer
Fernando Villena Editor
Gwyn Welles Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love
1. "New Africa" [4:38]
2. Senegal [3:47]
3. Griot, the Early Years [6:57]
4. "In Your Eyes" [4:11]
5. Youssou's Message [7:48]
6. Egypt Album [4:31]
7. 9/11 [1:08]
8. Fez Festival [5:25]
9. Egypt European Tour [6:25]
10. Celebration and Controvery [1:59]
11. Jololi Records [7:49]
12. Touba and Bamba [11:18]
13. "I Bring What I Love" [6:31]
14. Feast of Tabaski in Dakar [5:10]
15. Rejection and Recognition [5:22]
16. Grammy Award [7:30]
17. The Real Reward [3:06]
18. A Long Life [3:54]
19. End Credits [4:25]
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Disc #1 -- Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love
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      Audio Options: Stereo
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   Extra Features
      Rehearsal For First Live Performance of Egypt
      "Ansak" - Homage to Umm Kulthum
      "Birima" Performance
      A Visit With Wyclef Jean
      Recording "The Messenger" With Griot Singer Moustapha Mbaye
      Oxfam Photo Shoot
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Youssou N'Dour: The Sparkling Voice Of African Glory

    The magnificent film documentary "I Bring What I Love," featuring the incredible African singer Youssou N'Dour is a must for any hip music aficianado to own. This DVD that showcases the brilliant range of directing talents of Ms. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi smoothly and with infinite balance, portrays Youssou N'Dour's life with cinematic richness. The rhythms and harmonies of Youssou's styles of music proudly dance with the colorful flow of Ms. Vasarhelyi's directorship. The result is an eye opening presentation of an artist and his West African (Senegal) style of bringing to life music that resonates joyously with every cell of listeners within range of it. If you have been in denial of any Africaness being in your genealogy, stop and checkout the movements of your body when you hear Youssou and his all-star band. This music is the sweetest and most soulful truth serum on the planet. Youssou's music will make you rhythmically return to the ways of the original ancestors when it makes contact with your earhole. The music also readies you for the heart wrenching trials that he has had to deal with as an artist and that are powerfully revealed to underline the importance of his Islamic faith to him. Youssou and ninety-four percent of Senegal share in practicing Islam with a mystical slant called Sufism. It is a spiritual perspective that is most transcendent in its heart centered approach and loaded with immense tolerance and understanding of humanity. Youssou was reproached by many Senegalese when in a unique display of creativity he came out with an album of songs praising Sufi spiritual masters of Senegal. He was accused of having stepped over his boundaries as a pop artist. In a beautiful display of poetic justice Youssou was given a 2005 Grammy Award for the fantastic album, "Egypt" that was scrutinized by many Senegalese. The award was a catalyst for a massive outbreak of "foot in mouth disease" in Senegal. The documentary shows a rainbow of touching scenes with his family, showing his authentic love. Purchasing this DVD will be especially inspiring for those new to Youssou N'Dour, for it will up your spiritual and cultural IQ. There is plenty of vintage footage of Youssou N'Dour's early career. He was always a force to be reckoned with and fate brought him into contact early in his career with the legendary, Peter Gabriel who helped put Youssou into the international spotlight that ultimately helped bring into fruition, "I Bring What I Love." I recommend this landmark documentary to anyone that is beyond being taken in by extremely excessive negative propaganda about Africa and Islam. This documentary film rewards the individual's quest for existent examples of high thinking and culture. The African spirit that has spawned the radiance of Youssou N'Dour via Senegal is breathtaking. If you like the finer things of life, make acquiring "I Bring What I Love" one of them. It is a Blessing by God to be fixated within hearing range of the profound voice and wisdom pregnant lyrics, anchored in African antiquity that Youssou N'Dour serenades humanity with. Sincerely, Shadeed R. Ahmad (4-20-10)

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