One needs to hold ones’ horses on such knee-jerk appointments but I have trawled around the net for N’dour leadership experience and haven’t found anything that suggests he has managed anything other than a band. But perhaps I am looking in the wrong places.
While I wish the new post holder well, the appointment nonetheless leaves me wondering … could Miriam Makeba have been a great minister in South Africa’s black government? Or perhaps Fela Kuti, the Nigerian musical heavyweight who literally carried the cross of black Africa on his shoulders in his music, could have been Minister of Culture in Nigeria.
Hm … interesting thought, interesting concept.
There is nothing for it, though, but to wish Senegal’s new Minister of Culture well.