Since then, friends have been sending me notes asking if I had heard of it. This morning, I got tagged on Facebook by a friend called Zachary Caceres, wondering if I had seen the news. Zac is extremely intelligent and thoughtful and hit the nail on the head when he wrote this:
Youssou Ndour is a friend, fellow countryman, and one of the best ambassadors of Senegal, at least on the artistic front. One of the things that it is important to understand about my country is that we are a deeply religious country, committed to our Sufism, which has allowed us to be one of only two African nations never to have experienced a coup or civil war since Independence.
What do I love so much about the man? He is serious about Peace, real Peace, Love, real Love, and a Better World For Women. I love the fact he decided to stay home, in Senegal and prove that it is definitely possible to be a gigantic international star, straight from Africa! Most of us in Senegal feel that we are blessed with a “gene” of Peace, Tolerance and Love, that preserved us throughout times.
This is one my favorite songs from him, and you guessed it, it is all about LOVE. Part of the song goes like this:
“Love is so good
I love you, and no one can extinguish that fire
Love, Love, O Love
Love is the making of God
Love comes out of a heart and goes into another heart
Love: no one can sell it and no one can buy at the market
Any two people you see, love binds them and God puts its blessing on it
Love has no religion
Love has no color for in the world of Love, there is no black person, and no white person”
We Senegalese Sufis are consumed with Peace, Tolerance and Love, when it is all said and done.