Yoro Ndiaye - African Café
For much of his early career, Mayoro “Yoro” Ndiaye struggled to make his voice heard in his native Senegal. His gentle songs, performed on acoustic guitar, were drowned out by the upbeat mbalax and hard-driving party music that dominate Senegal’s airwaves. Refusing to perform more “commercial” music, Ndiaye’s vision eventually won out and he is now one of Senegal’s best-known singers. Building his following slowly through performances at schools and cultural events and alongside Les Frères Guissé and international star Youssou N’Dour, Ndiaye has earned his
success through his talent and dedication to his artistic vision.
“Namm Naa Leen” (I Miss You) is from Ndiaye’s 2013 release, Laamisoo. It features subtle, acoustic mbalax influences and lyrics about keeping the ones you love in your heart. “I miss you,” sings Ndiaye, “Do not think I’ve forgotten you / Do not think I gave up on you / Sometimes in my glory days / I think of where I came from / Sometimes I think of those good people who supported me / Because we cannot forget those who helped us / We cannot forget those who were welcoming, those who would protect us, those who loved us, oh no/I miss you.”