Kante is a remarkable musician with a great many achievments
in Africa and globally. He has won numerous awards, recorded
many highly successful international albums and, in October
2001, was appointed F.A.O. ambassador to help in the mission
to fight hunger and reduce poverty worldwide.
Going right back to the time he was in
his mother's womb in Guinea, she communicated with him through
music. Mory's grandfather who was a spiritual leader of the
griots, passed on his own name to him, and the track 'Alamina
Badoubaden' on Morys's latest album is a tribute to him.
While at school Mory learnt to play the
balafon, his family's emblematic instrument. At the age of 15
he went to Bamako, Mali, and went through the initiation journey
to become a griot. On his musical journey he explored all different
genres from different parts of the world. Before long Mory joined
a band called the Apollos and was then recruited to play in
the famous Rail Band, playing guitar and balafon, and was also
Mory had also learnt to play the kora
which he now is most well known for and, having left the Rail
Band, settled in Abidjan in 1978 and made a decision to give
traditional African instruments the prominent place in his music.
He played regularly at the Climbier club and in 1982 directed
the Mande ballet.
In 1984 Mory moved to Paris where he recorded more albums, took
part in the 'Tam-Tams for Ethiopia' project with
Manu Dibango, and got many opportunities
for touring. He found a balance in crossover music that was
much appreciated and his reputation grew. One momentous event
was on 14th July 1990, Bastille Day, when Mory represented
France alongside Khaled in New
York's Central Park. In 2002 Mory had
very busy touring schedule, including performing in London for
the first time in 7 years.
A dream of Mory's has been to create a
musical City near Conakry for the promotion of the Mande culture.
He began this in 1993 and it is an enormous project to incorporate
training in traditional instruments, a recording studio, hotel
Several of Mory's songs have been used
in films, and are well known internationally, in particular
'Yeke Yeke' which has been translated into numerous different
Mory's 2001 album Tamala (Le Voyageur)
includes 'Nin Kadi (Too Much of a Good Thing)' with Shola
Ama that was released as a single. Backing vocals on all tracks
are by Mama Keita and rap vocals on track 'Yakha' are by Mory's
for Mory on tour in 2004 with a different approach: that of
an acoustic-traditional show. An accompanying new CD, Sabou
(see below, on World
Music Network), is released as well. The instruments are
balafon, kora, African flute, djembe and congas while the lyrics
are typically full of wisdom.
Mory's music is immensely powerful and simply MUST be listened