Mory Kante, Guinea music star dies at 70

Kante revolutionised West African repertoire by going electric and blending traditional Mandingo with urban grooves.

Guinean singer Mory Kante, who helped introduce African music to a world audience in the 1980s, has died in the capital Conakry, his family said. He was 70.

“Guinea and the whole world have lost a great personality,” Kante’s son Balla Kante told The Associated Press on Friday. “My father was a great personality. We lost a large library today.”


Balla said his father had not been feeling well for quite some time, adding that he will be tested for COVID-19.

Kante is best known for his dance song Yeke Yeke, which was a huge hit in Africa before becoming a number-one hit in several European countries in 1988.

Nicknamed the “electronic griot” – a play on the name for traditional West African musicians and storytellers – Kante died in hospital after succumbing to untreated health problems.