Closing the season in majestic fashion with one of the great artists of our time, Senegalese singer YOUSSOU N'DOUR. Described as an "arresting tenor, with prophetic authority" (The New York Times) and "perhaps the most famous singer alive [in Africa]," (Rolling Stone) N'Dour helped develop mbalax, a propulsive, soulful genre of Senegalese music. At the age of 12, he began performing with the Star Band, one of Dakar's prominent bands of the early '70s, before going on to form his own Latin-influenced dance band, Étoile de Dakar, which properly launched his career as Senegal's first pop star. The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest-running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell.