The singer and musician from Guinea-Mory Kanté, the author of the hit song “Yéké yéké” has died at the age of 70 years. African music loses another of its stars after that in the past few weeks have lost their lives as artists such as Manu Dibango, Tony Allen, and Idir. To give the news was the son Balla Kante AFP, explaining that the father is dead at 9.45 a.m. in the hospital of Conakry because of a chronic illness: “he Suffered from a chronic illness and he traveled often to France to undergo treatment, but because of the coronavirus, this was not possible, – explained the son.” We have seen the state of his health worsen quickly, but I was still surprised because in the past the had happened to cross the worst of times”.
Mory Kanté ambassador of african music
Kanté, nicknamed the “Griot electric” was one of the ambassadors of african music and in particular of Guinea in the world, and the president of the Satto african wanted him to publicly pay tribute on Twitter where he wrote that “The african culture is in mourning. my most heartfelt condolences, thanks Artist. An exceptional path, exemplary, a true pride”. The musician was born into a family of griots, in fact, that traditional singers acts to preserve the oral tradition of their ancestors, and you are passionate about from the beginning to the music.
The success of the hit song “Yéké yéké”
At the age of 21 he played with the saxophonist Tidani Koné , who introduces him to the orchestra Rail Band de Bamako live by Salif Keita, and taking direction when it leaves, a few years later. Kanté has combined tradition to the rhythms of modern thanks to the use of the Kora, balafon and guitar. in 1987 out what would become a worldwide success, i.e. “Yéké yéké” – from the album “Akwaba Beach” – bringing the funk from mali to the center of the international scene. the song is a hit that sells millions of copies all over the world and making the soundtrack, also lots of publicity.