Mory Kanté: African Music Star Dies At 70

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Mory Kanté was of one West Africa's best-known musicians

The singer Mory Kanté, who helped bring African music to world audiences with hits like Yéké Yéké, has died in Guinea.

Kanté died in hospital on Friday in the capital, Conakry, aged 70, his son Balla Kanté told the AFP news agency.

His death was the result of untreated health problems, he said.

"He suffered from chronic illnesses and often travelled to France for treatment but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus," he added.

"We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still surprised because he'd been through much worse times before."

•BBC Music: Mory Kanté

Kanté was known as a distinguished player of kora - a west African harp. His song Yéké Yéké became a huge hit in the late 1980s and was widely remixed.

Tributes were paid by fellow musicians on Friday, including Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour who said he felt a huge void on learning of Kanté's death and called the late singer "a baobab of African culture".

The president of Guinea, Alpha Condé, said on Twitter that African culture was in mourning. He thanked Kanté, saying his career had been "exceptional".
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52774331

naptu2:
You must know this song if you watched NTA2 Channel 5 between 1987-1993. You might not know the name of the song, but you must know the song.

Mory Kante - Yeke Yeke (1987)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVmS0SSSdWM
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