The women fell to earth in a great outpouring of tears when the coffin draped in the national flag red, yellow and green has been disposed of under the tent ceremonial in the confines of the hospital. Tuesday, may 26, the emotion was lively in the course of the funeral ceremony which took place in the " strictest intimacy ", a pandemic of sars coronavirus requires. This is the only praise that he has returned to accompany the deceased in his final resting place in the cemetery of Kipé, Conakry. According to the tradition mandingue, they have competed hard to pray, to sing praises of Mory Kanté at the sound of the kora and the balafon, traditional instruments that the artist popularized throughout the world by adapting to the sounds of his time.
Funeral of world renowned Guinean musician, singer & songwriter Mory Kanté has taken place today.— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) May 26, 2020
The 70 year old passed away
in the hospital last week as a result of ‘chronic health problems’. pic.twitter.com/uhIbp2FW5X
The griot power joined to its last resting place
About 200 people, relatives, friends and artists, some officials, attended the ceremony. Then the procession, followed by hundreds of Guineans who were waiting in front of the hospital, is shaken in the direction of the cemetery Kipé, very close. Mory Kanté, wrapped in a shroud according to muslim tradition, was to rest from his mother.
A large part of the family, with the exception of some of the 14 children that Mory Kante has had different women, was missing because of the Covid-19. "They are all blocked in Paris, Côte d'ivoire, Mali, and even in the United States, because of the pandemic, they have not been able to come. It is sad and a pity that they could not see the body of our dad ", told reporters Kader Yomba, one of the two wires present.
The Guinea, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic in Africa, has closed its borders. The minister of Culture Sanoussi Bantama Sow a commitment was made as a tribute more worthy of the personality of the deceased would be given after the epidemic.
" It is with much sadness that we are here this morning, to accompany Mory Kanté. Mory is a monument. He lived to the full, that is why the world cries for its disappearance. The government has not been able to organize a funeral worthy of the name, because of the health emergency. After this pandemic, we will be hosting a tribute to the artist, " said the minister.
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In the absence of all those, famous or anonymous, with which he was linked through the world, and the pandemic of sars coronavirus has prevented to move, the author of the international hit "Yéké Yéké" was in the company of his family and of an entire country. "A gift from God ", "A soldier and artist multi-dimensional" : the poets-musicians-columnists including Mory Kanté, was himself the descendant and who had played with him once competed with virtuosity and eloquence to the lifting body at the hospital, the sino-guinea in the guinean capital, have found the correspondents of the AFP.
a Great figure of World Music, "griot electric" died Friday on the way to the hospital at the age of 70 years. He was suffering from chronic diseases and the pandemic of coronavirus had not been allowed to go to France as he had done several times in the past. While her condition had sharply degraded on Thursday, he had refused until the last moment to be taken to the hospital for fear of being contaminated, reported one of his sons, Kader Yomba.
Mory Kanté has helped to promote african music and guinean to new audiences around the world, electrifying the tradition with the help of synthesizers and drum machines, in the mix of tones-caribbean or anglo-saxon, funk and techno, while preserving the sound of the 21 strings of the kora, the instrument.
" Yéké Yéké ", one of the greatest hits in the history of african music, released in 1987, sold millions of copies. For the first time, an african artist was the first place in the hit parade pan-european established by the weekly professional Billboard.
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