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African Music Legend Mory Kante Dies At 70

Chester Published On Sat May 23 2020   Modified On Sat May 23 2020
African Music Legend Mory Kante Dies At 70

Legendary Guniean vocalist Mory Kante passes away at the age of 70.

The world is mourning in melancholy for the demise of iconic singer Mory Kante was best known for his super hit dance song "Yeke Yeke". The song was viral hit back in 1988 topping charts and reaching the number 1 spot in several European countries. 

Unfortunately the music mogul died at the age of 70 after being diagnosed with incurable health problems. His death was announced by son Balla Kante today, May 23.

Mory's son Balla shared the reason behind the singer failing health,

He suffered from chronic illnesses and often traveled to France for treatment, but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus. We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still surprised because he’d been through much worse times before.

'Mogo Djolo' hitmaker was born to a 'Griot' family - is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician, so Mory shared knowledge of playing guitar, balafon, and koran harp since a young age.

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As a matter of fact, his songs were among the first from West Africa to reach global outreach throughout the world.

Mory Kanté - Yeke Yeke

Mory was renowned from band 'Rail Bad' and later pursued his solo career. The best-selling record hold in sub-Saharan history. Kante was also known for his philanthropy as he was a goodwill ambassador for the UN's Food and Agriculture.

Mory's absence will definitely be felt. We express our deepest condolence to Mory Kante and his family. May his departed soul rest in peace in heaven.

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