African music legend Mory Kante dies aged 70 in Guinea

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FILE PHOTO: Malian singer Mory Kante plays throughout his live performance in Mawazine Pageant in Rabat Would possibly 22, 2007. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

DAKAR (Reuters) – Musician Mory Kante, who helped win African song an international following, has died within the capital of his fatherland Guinea on the age of 70, his agent mentioned on Friday.

Kante’s long-running profession noticed him growth from regional acclaim as a participant of the standard West African kora software to global stardom within the 1980s together with his chart-topping hit ‘Yeke Yeke’.

“Mory passed on to the great beyond final night time in his sleep in Conakry,” his supervisor Juan Yriart instructed Reuters by means of telephone. “The motive is unknown.”

Yriart mentioned Kante used to be making plans a number of live shows that had been all then driven again to subsequent yr because of the brand new coronavirus outbreak.

Born in 1950, Kante toured the sector as a number one gentle of the African song scene sooner than returning to his local Guinea within the 2000s, the place he championed reasons to lend a hand refugees and save threatened forests, in step with a biography on his web page.

He endured to make song, becoming a member of forces with different African musical heavyweights in 2014 to create the track ‘Africa Forestall Ebola’ within the face of the epidemic that killed greater than 11,300 other people.

Reporting by means of Bate Felix and Alessandra Prentice; Enhancing by means of Hugh Lawson

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