A picture taken on February 6, 2010 shows Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho during a rehearsal of her opera 'Emilie' on February 26, 2010 at Lyon Opera house. Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho have won Sweden's 2013 Polar Music Prize, organisers said on May 7, 2013.'A West African griot is not just a singer, but a storyteller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian. Youssou N'Dour is maintaining the griot tradition and has shown that it can also be changed into a narrative about the entire world,' the jury said in its citation.
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