Mory Kante: African music legend behind hit Yeke Yeke dies at 70

Mory Kante: African music legend behind hit Yeke Yeke dies at 70

- News about the singer's death was confirmed by his son Balla Kante

- The musician died from health problems which had been left untreated due to the coronavirus outbreak

- He is best known for his 1987 dance song Yeke Yeke

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Guinean singer Mory Kante is dead.

Briefly.co.za learnt that Kante died in hospital in the capital, Conakry, on Friday, May 22 aged 70.

Mory Kante: African music legend behind hit Yeke Yeke dies at 70

Mory Kante is the legend behind hit Yeke Yeke. Photo: Getty Images
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News about the singer's death was confirmed by his son Balla Kante.

According to BBC, the musician died from health problems which had been left untreated due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mory Kante: African music legend behind hit Yeke Yeke dies at 70

His son Balla Kante confirmed his death. Photo: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Balla said that his father suffered from chronic illnesses and often travelled to France to seek treatment something that had been deemed impossible due to the pandemic.

Kanté is one legend who helped bring African music to world audiences with hits like Yeke Yeke.

Mory Kante: African music legend behind hit Yeke Yeke dies at 70

Image of Mory Kante during a live performance. Photo: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

He is best known for his 1987 dance song Yeke Yeke, which reached number-one in Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, and Spain.

According to express the hit came from his album titled Akwaba Beach, which was the best-selling African record of its time, while Yeke Yeke became the first African single to sell over one million copies.

Mory was born in Guinea in 1950.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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