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In the late 1970s, the Star Band developed a new Senegalese sound called mbalax, which was related to wolof music and used the sabar and bugarabu drums. The unusual sound of African drums added to the attractiveness of this Senegalese music on the world market. The Star Band went through a series of changes, both the name of the band and its members. Youssou N'Dour emerged as the main singer of the band, his clear and soulful voice adding to the already unusual sound of the group's mbalax rhythms.