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Senegalese music star Youssou N’Dour led the tributes on Tuesday to young blind singer Ablaye Mbaye who collapsed and died in a recording studio in Dakar.

News has it that the 35-year-old singer — who had toured the world with N’Dour’s Super Etoile de Dakar band — suddenly fell ill Monday while recording his new album “General Interest” which is to be released February 4.

According to N’Dour, He tweeted:

“I have really lost my little brother.”

Mbaye’s father El Hadji Dame Mbaye died only two months ago.

Mbaye’s biggest hit was “Yaay, maag na” (“Mother, I’ve grown up”), and he also had success dueting with N’Dour and the French rappers Disiz and Kery James.

Aisha Deme, the head of the Africa Music Foundation, tweeted:

“Go back to the light… Senegal music has lost a beautiful voice and a modest star.”


Written by Clement Oluwasegun

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