Mourners gather for funeral of Guinean singer Mory Kante

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, June 24, 2024

Mourners gather for funeral of Guinean singer Mory Kante
Mourners carry the coffin of the late Guinean singer Mory Kante during his funeral procession on May 26, 2020 in Conakry Guinea. Hundreds of people gathered to mourn the death of Guinean singer Mory Kante in his native country's capital Conakry on Tuesday, to the sound of keening and traditional musical laments. Cellou BINANI / AFP.

CONAKRY (AFP).- Hundreds of people gathered to mourn the death of Guinean singer Mory Kante in his native country's capital Conakry on Tuesday, to the sound of keening and traditional musical laments.

Kante, who helped introduce African music to a world audience in the 1980s, died in Conakry on Friday after at age 70 after succumbing to untreated health problems.

Restrictions related to the global coronavirus pandemic had prevented him from travelling abroad to seek medical help.

Born into a celebrated family of "griots" -- traditional singer-poets -- Kante is best known for his dance song "Yeke Yeke," which was a huge hit in Africa before becoming a No. 1 in several European countries in 1988.

At a pre-burial ceremony on the grounds of a Conakry hospital on Tuesday, two women collapsed in tears as the musician's coffin, which was draped in the Guinean flag, was laid inside a tent.

Some 200 people -- relatives, friends and government officials -- attended the ceremony, where Mandingo griots sang laments accompanied by kora and balofon music.

Hundreds more mourners stood outside the hospital grounds, and followed the cortege as it made its way to a nearby cemetary.

A large contingent of Kante's family, including many of his 14 children, were unable to attend the funeral because of coronavirus restrictions.

"They are all stuck in Paris, in Ivory Coast, in Mali, and even in the United States," said Kader Yomba, one of the musician's sons, who managed to attend the funeral.

"It's sad and a shame," he added.

Guinea is one of the African countries that has been worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with authorities having recorded over 3,300 cases to date, with 20 fatalities.

It has closed its borders in a bid to curb infections.

Guinea's culture minister, Sanoussi Bantama Sow, promised that a more fitting ceremony would be held for Kante after the pandemic ebbs.

Kante's death sparked an outpouring of tributes from musicians and dignitaries across the world.

Guinean President Alpha Conde tweeted on Friday that "African culture is in mourning".

© Agence France-Presse

Today's News

May 27, 2020

How will we remember the pandemic? Museums are already beginning to decide

Britain's Turner Prize cancelled, 10 artists to share grants

Ian Davenport's new paintings, directly referencing works by Pierre Bonnard, at Waddington Custot

3 Africans in Mexico City grave tell stories of slavery's toll

Simon Lee Gallery opens an online exhibition of works by German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann

Sotheby's Hong Kong EYE/EAST almost doubles pre-sale estimate

Italy's Pompeii reopens its ruins to public

Quebec comes to rescue of struggling Cirque du Soleil

Christie's announces The Edited Collections Online Sales May-June 2020

Asterix creator who died from virus leaves drawings to hospitals

Mexican filmmaker Cuaron backs domestic workers over pay

Kröller-Müller Museum reopens on 1 June

Classic car auctions upended by coronavirus

Major new public artwork by Stefan Brüggemann unveiled in Folkestone

Spring auction of 18th & 19th glass & lighting produces strong results

'Kind of Blue' jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb dies: US media

Unsung heroes of Dunkirk evacuation revealed on 80th anniversary

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli says he had coronavirus

Ketterer Kunst announces charity auction 'PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.'

DRAF announce commissions programme to offer opportunities for artists during global pandemic

The U.S. is getting shorter, as mapmakers race to keep up

Mourners gather for funeral of Guinean singer Mory Kante

The Art Gallery of South Australia appoints to new Board members

The Most Popular 5 Online Mobile Games: Reels, Pay lines And Details.

How to decorate your home for Photos

Play Slot Games Online to Win Some Big Jackpots!

Matte Black Pull Down Kitchen Faucet

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful