In 2004, responding to negative perceptions about his Muslim faith, Youssou N'Dour recorded EGYPT, "a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam." In 2005, the album was awarded the Grammy for Best World Music Album. Western audiences swooned at N'Dour's musical and political bravery, but in his native country of Senegal, where N'Dour is considered a national hero, the response was vastly different: a religious backlash roared as local media accused him of insulting Islam. I Bring What I Love is the story of this album, the artist who made it, and the obstacles encountered before and after its release.
As part of our summer of love (read: giveaways) here at Afropop, we're going to be giving away a brand new copy of the film to one lucky reader this week. All you have to do to be entered to win is show us a little love on Twitter (www.twitter.com/afropopww) by tagging @afropopww in one of your tweets for either a "Follow Friday" or to help spread the word about our 20/10 in 2010 Campaign.
In addition to the Youssou N'Dour film, we'll also be giving away 5 iTunes download cards good for 20 free songs from Nacional Records! The contest ends next Friday (6/25) so click on over to Twitter now and enter for your chance to win!
Here's a short trailer from the film to give you a taste of what's in store for the winner: