By Omar Wally

Senegalese born and one of Africa’s most famous singers Youssou N’Dour, has won the 2017 Japanese Imperial Nobel Prize for Art.

The announcement was made Tuesday, September 11, in New York. The official award ceremony is expected to take place on 18 October 2017 in Tony, Japan.

The prize will be awarded by His Highness Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of the emperor of Japan.

Youssou, 57, a one time politician is seen as an Ambassador for peace and religious tolerance. The awards were created in 1988 in honour of the late Japanese Prince Takamatsu, who served as honorary patron of the private association for 58 years until his death in 1987.