Youssou N’Dour: Marley (Dakar-Kingston)

It’s really a rare thing for me to have much sympathy for any presidential candidate (and sitting president that is…) wherever in the world, as I find myself having for Monsieur N’Dour…

Africa’s most famous living singer, Youssou N’Dour, announced Jan. 2 he would run for the presidency of his native Senegal at elections on February 26. He spoke to TIME’s African bureau chief Alex Perry from his hometown, Dakar, a few days later:

LINK: Q&A with Youssou N’dour: Why the Musician Wants to Be President (TIME Magazine)

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