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Mory Kante

Mory 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 vocalist. 
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

a 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 and theatre.
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 languages.
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 son Kader.

Watch out 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 to!