The Guinean singer and musician Mory Kanté, known for the worldwide hit Yéké yéké in the eighties, died on Friday at the age of 70 in a hospital in Conakry.
That’s what his son Balla Kanté said. The singer was sick for a long time.
Mory Kanté helped popularize African and Guinean music worldwide.
Millions of copies of the song Yéké Yéké, released in 1987, have been sold. The song reached the top of the charts in many countries.
According to his son, he suffered from chronic diseases and often travelled to France for treatment, “but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus,” said his son.
“We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still amazed because he had already experienced much worse periods.”