Youssou NDOUR Preconcert Event

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 6:45pm

The Mansion


Youssou NDOUR Preconcert Event
Music is the Weapon of the People

6:45–7:30pm in the Mansion 

Across sub-Saharan Africa, musicians are shaping politics and standing up for democracy. In Senegal, a group of rappers and journalists mobilized youth to prevent former president Abdoulaye Wade from winning a controversial third term in 2012. In Uganda, musician Bobi Wine successfully ran for parliament in 2017 and has since helped other independent candidates enter politics. 

Building on the legacy of Nigeria’s Fela Kuti and South Africa’s Hugh Masekela, this new generation of pop stars have translated their popularity into political influence. Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), will discuss the intersection between popular music and politics and how it reflects broader democracy trends in sub-Saharan Africa in this preconcert lecture.


Youssou NDOUR

Seating is limited, and advance registration is highly recommended.

Access to the preconcert event is free with a concert ticket. Please be sure to have your concert ticket with you when checking in. Seats will be available for pre-registrants only until 6:35pm, at which point remaining seats will be released to those in the standby line.

About the Speaker

Judd Devermont is the director of the Africa Program at CSIS. He hosts CSIS’ Into Africa podcast, which seeks to shatter the narratives that dominate US perceptions of Africa by spotlighting trailblazers of cultural, political, and economic change on the continent.

Prior to CSIS, he was the US National Intelligence Officer for Africa, where he led the US intelligence community’s analytic efforts on sub-Saharan African issues. He has also served as the Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on sub-Saharan Africa; the National Security Council Director for Somalia, Nigeria, the Sahel, and the African Union; and as a staff member for the US Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. 



This event is part of Strathmore’s Windows series of performances and accompanying programs. 
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