Veteran African musician Mory Kanté has died.
He was aged 70.
Kante’s son Balla Kanté,said that his father had died in a hospital in the Guinean capital Conakry Friday morning.
“He suffered from chronic illnesses and often travelled to France for treatment but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus,” Balla said of his father’s death.
“We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still surprised because he’d been through much worse times before.”
Kanté, a Kora expert, helped popularise African and Guinean music around the world in the 1980s, and was widely known for his house music-inspired 1987 single ‘Yéké Yéké’, which went on to become a hit in countries across Europe the following year.