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Movie Review: Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love

Alternate Title: Music of the Heart

Story: Produced and directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, this film is a loving portrait of International singing star, Youssou N’Dour. In the Bono tradition of entertainers who lend their stardom to causes that help humanity, Youssou shines. Youssou's story is not in the run of the mill rock star mode.

He is from Senegal, in West Africa. It is a nation of 13,000,000, mostly comprised of Islamic Sufi. The uneven biopic follows Youssou on his worldwide tour of the release of his album, Egypt. It received accolades everywhere but in Senegal, where the Sufi's felt he had crossed the line in singing about his religion. It is a bit confusing to understand what he had done to cross this line and whenever the film was about to address this sensitive issue, it broke away to a music clip from the worldwide tour.

I thoroughly enjoyed his polyrhythmic music and could not help but tap my feet and bob my head throughout the film. I walked away with a new respect for this Grammy award winning singer, his culture and nation's history. I just wish the film has more shape and a bit less concert footage.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGUZiLU8ijs

Acting: It is a documentary so this category doe snot apply.

Predilection: None

Critters: A squirmy scene with goats being taken for a ritual sacrifice.

Food: Abovementioned goat.

Soundtrack: Terrific

Theater Audience: About ten other music appreciators.

Squirm Scale: Again, the abovementioned goat scene.

Drift Factor: I drifted a bit.

Oscar Worthy: 0

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours