Youssou N’dour Wins Polar Prize

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May 7, 2013 | 11:18am EST

African singer Youssou N’dour has followed in the footsteps of Sir Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan by winning Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize.
The Grammy Award-winning musician was chosen by the committee in charge of selecting the recipient of the honor, for being “not just a singer, but a storyteller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian… (who) has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions.”
He will share a prize of $153,200 with fellow winner, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
The Polar Music Prize, which was founded by ABBA’s former manager Stig Anderson in 1989, is shared annually by a pop artist and a classical musician.
Last year’s winners were Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.