African singer Youssou N'dour has followed in the footsteps of Sir Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan by winning Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The Grammy Award-winning musician was chosen by the committee in charge of selecting the recipient of the honour, for being "not just a singer, but a storyteller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian... (who) has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions."

He will share a prize of $153,200 (£95,000) with fellow winner, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

The Polar Music Prize, which was founded by Abba's former manager Stig Anderson in 1989, is shared annually by a pop artist and a classical musician.

Last year's (12) winners were Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.