The Telegraph has reported that Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour has canceled all of his upcoming tour dates to enter into politics starting January 2. This entry date is only one month before the country’s presidential elections, which has fueled speculation that he’ll run for presidency in opposition to the current president, Abdoulaye Wade. The presidential elections are slated for February and will be contentious. In 2008 a constitutional amendment was passed increasing the length of a presidential term to seven years. Wade, 85, will stand for re-election to a third term despite vowing in 2007 that he would not. His proposals for further amendments and his seeking re-election have sparked riots and calls for him to step down.
N’Dour is easily on par with Wade when it comes to notoriety. The singer has been called “the best known African musician of recent times” by the BBC. N’Dour is also a longtime favorite on the CMJ New World chart, where he has had three No. 2 records and one No. 1 record.