Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
1959 – Born on the 1st of October in Dakar.
1970 – He began performing at the age of 12.
1979 – He formed his own ensemble,the Etoile de Dakar.
– His early work with Etoile de Dakar was in the typical Latin style popular all over Africa.
1985 – He organized a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela.
1980 – He developed a unique sound when he started his current group,Super Etoile de Dakar.
1988 – He was a featured performer worldwide.
1998 – He wrote and performed the official anthem of FIFA World Cup.
2005 – He won his first American Grammy Award (best contemporary world music album) for his CD.
2006 – He played the African-British abolitionist Olaudah Equiano in the movie Amizing Race.