Quotes by Youssou Ndour
- I look at my people, and I look at those who control them - the political elite. And the sad thing is that the elites are just not interested in the welfare of the people.
- I respect music, I do. I love it.
- I think people should know more of Africa in terms of its joie de vivre, its feeling for life. In spite of the images that one knows about Africa - the economic poverty, the corruption - there's a joy to living and a happiness in community, living together, in community life, which may be missing here in America.
- I think that Sufism fits all over the world. The concept is not anything that fits standard Western ideas - it's always related to culture, to music, to religion. It is a dominant religion in Senegal.
- I'm a modern Muslim. I pray, and if I have a question, I ask someone who is more educated in the religion than me.
- In politics, sometimes you have to lie, or you make a promise that you cannot keep.
- In the West, you have always associated the Islamic faith 100 percent with Arab culture. This in itself is a fundamentalist attitude and it is mistaken.
- Islam is a peaceful religion.
- My father used to tell me about how musicians don't have respect from people and he was afraid about my future.
- Politics is politics art is art. If you play a political role, you have to stop being an artist.
- Travel teaches as much as books.