Music and politics aren't two separate worlds. More often than not, they feed each other inspired individuals or inspiration.
Sengalese singer Youssou N'Dour who shot to international fame with the song 7 seconds, is the latest musician to go after his political aspirations. The 52-year-old is set to take on two-time President Abdoulaye Wade in the upcoming elections.
Not surprisingly Wade's stay at the top had been bombarded with criticism and allegations of corruption and nepotism. "I've traveled the world and been seen by people all over the world and I think I have the ability to govern Senegal. I am the alternative," said N'Dour in a televised statement.
He went on to add that "For a long time, men and women have demonstrated their optimism, dreaming of a new Senegal. They have, in various ways, called for my candidacy … I listened I heard."
Even though the revised Senegalese constitution restricts presidential terms to the maximum of two, Wade insists on running for a third time as he claims that it was amended after his first stint as President.
His last ditch effort has been facing stiff opposition from a movement titled "Y'en a Marre" ('fed up' in French). This is backed not only by N'Dour but a couple of other musicians as well.
While N'Dour gears up to take down Wade and give Senegal a chance, we bet the music community across the world with a number of musicians who also entertain such political ideals, are giving him the thumbs up.