Death of the “electric griot” Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and musician

His compositions that blended traditional instruments and synthetic rhythms had earned him the nickname “electric griot”. Guinea’s singer and musician Mory Kanté, author of the global hit Yéké yéké, died at the age of 70.

An international star of African music died. Guinea’s singer and musician Mory Kanté died on Friday May 22 in Conakry at the age of 70 after a long illness. Mory Kanté died “around 9.45 this morning at the Sino-Guinean hospital,” her son Balla Kanté announced to an AFP correspondent. “He suffered from chronic illnesses and often traveled to France for treatment, but with coronavirus it was no longer possible.”

Due to his compositions that melt the song, traditional instruments and pop atmospheres, Mory Kanté is the author of the planetary pipe Yéké yéké, which was released in 1988 and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. world.

Mory Kanté, born to a Malian mother, began her career in the 1970s in Bamako, in several orchestras before joining the Bamako Rail Band, whose singer was then Salif Keïta.

In the 1980s, he went to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where his musical experiments involving mixed western rhythms, choirs, djembe and bolon met with growing success. Then he decides to come and settle in France and it is 1987 with his album Akwaba Beach that Mory Kanté’s music explodes all over the world.

Mory Kanté is a key figure in the world stage and has given concerts all over the world. He has been the author of 12 music projects since the early 1980s. Guinea’s President Alpha Condé expressed his grief after the artist’s death: “Thank you artist. An exceptional journey. Exemplary. Pride.”

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Thank you artist. An exceptional course. Copy. Pride.

Posted by Alpha Condé Sure Friday, May 22, 2020

With AFP