Africa has lost a very prominent music genius Mory Kanté- he succumbed to untreated illnesses on Friday in Guinea, West Africa.
His son Balla Kanté said the father, “suffered from chronic illnesses and often travelled to France for treatment but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus.”
Nicknamed “the electronic griot”, Mr Kante was born in the prominent family of griots or simply the West African musicians and storytellers.
He always stormed the stage carrying a special west African harp music instrument known as the kora. He was so excellent at manipulating it to produce enigmatic sounds that flowing along with his sharp singing sound.
Guniea President Alpha Condé paid tribute to Kante saying his career had been “exceptional“.
Born on 29 March 1950, Kante toured the world as a leading light of the African music scene before returning to his native Guinea in the 2000s.
He was best known internationally for his 1987 hit song “Yé ké yé ké”, which reached number-one in Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, and Spain. The album it came from, Akwaba Beach, was the best-selling African record of its time.