Mory Kanté

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Mory Kanté (29 March 1950 – 22 May 2020) was a Guinean singer. He was born in Albadaria, French Guinea.[1]

He was best known for his 1987 hit song "Yé ké yé ké", which reached number-one in Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, and Spain. His album, Akwaba Beach, was the best-selling African record of its time.[2] On 16 October 2001, Kanté was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

On 22 May 2020, Kanté died at a hospital in Conakry from a chronic disease, at the age of 70.[3]

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  1. Artists - Mory Kante Archived 2014-12-13 at Archive.today WOMAD
  2. Levtzion, Nehemia; Pouwels, Randall (2000). The History of Islam in Africa. Ohio University Press. p. 551. ISBN 9780821444610.
  3. Mory Kanté: African music star dies aged 70

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