Singer Mory Kanté, who contributed with hits song such as Yéké Yéké to carry African music to world audiences, died in Guinea.
His son, Balla Kanté, said, singer Mort Kante died in the hospital of the capital, Conakry on Friday 22nd May 2020, at the aged 70.
He said that his death was due to unresolved health issues.
“He suffered from chronic illnesses and often travelled to France for treatment but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus,” he added.
“We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still surprised because he’d been through much worse times before.”
Singer Mory Kanté was nicknamed “the electronic griot” as he was born in a famous griot family – “A West African storyteller who passes on oral traditions; a wandering musician and poet”.
He was known to be a highly regarded kora player, a western African harp.
In the late 1980s, his Yéké Yéké song was a hit and was immensely remixed.
Fellow musicians paid tribute on Friday, including Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour, who said that he felt the late singer “a baobab from African culture” and felt an enormous gap when he heard about his passing.
On Twitter, Guinean President Alpha Condé said African society was mourning. The President commended Kanté for his “extraordinary” career.
Following the recent deaths of Manu Dibango, Tony Allen and Idir, Kanté is the latest prominent African artist to die.