African Music Legend Mory Kante Dies At 70

This file photo, taken on August 15, 2008, shows music veteran Mory Kante playing the Kora while performing with the ‘Yeke Yeke Anniversary Tour’ band on the the ‘world stage’ on the Hajogyar (Shipyard) Island of Budapest, the Hungarian capital. Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP

 

Guinean singer Mory Kante, who helped introduce African music to a world audience in the 1980s, died on Friday in the capital Conakry, his son Balla Kante told AFP.

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.

Nicknamed the “electronic griot” — a play on the name for traditional West African musicians and storytellers — Kante died in hospital at the age of 70 after succumbing to untreated health problems.

“He suffered from chronic illnesses and often travelled to France for treatment, but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus,” Balla Kante said.

“We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still surprised because he’d been through much worse times before,” he added.

Born into a celebrated family of griots, Kante played guitar, the kora harp and balafon, in addition to being a singer.

And along with Mali’s star singer Salif Keita, his songs were among the first from West Africa to achieve widespread success elsewhere of the world.

‘African culture in mourning’

Kante spent much of his youth in Mali, which neighbours his native Guinea, where in the early 1970s he joined the renowned Rail Band in which Keita was also a singer.

Leaving the band in the 1980s, Kante revolutionised the West African repertoire by going electric and blending traditional Mandingo music with urban grooves.

It was his upbeat single “Yeke Yeke” that catapulted him to fame, and brought Mandingo dance music to nightclubs across Europe.

The album on which the song was included, “Akwaba Beach,” later went on to become one of the best-selling records in sub-Saharan history.

Kante performs during the 46th session of the International Carthage festival at the Roman theatre in Carthage, near Tunis, on July 14, 2010. Fethi Belaid / AFP

 

Kante moved away from his electric sound during a lull in popularity during the 2000s, opting for accompaniment from more traditional string orchestras.

His 2010 album “La Guineenne” — his first in eight years at the time — drew on the large-orchestra sound from West African music’s golden age, in the years following independence from former colonial power France.

As well as making music, Kante also used his influence for social causes.

He was a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and sang in support of the fight against the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic in Guinea, which killed some 2,500 people.

On Friday, Guinean President Alpha Conde tweeted Kante had been “exceptional” and “a source of pride”.

“African culture is in mourning,” he said.

His son echoed the sentiment. “He leaves a huge legacy for culture, too vast to allow us to mention everything,” said Balla Kante.

“He also did a lot for culture in his country by building studios, cultural facilities. Above all, he promoted Guinean and African music by making it known throughout the world”.

AFP

Wizkid Drops ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ Video Featuring Femi Kuti

One of Nigeria’s youngest musicians, Wizkid, has released the music video for the song entitled ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ featuring Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeats pioneer, Fela Kuti.

The video featured scenes from Wizkids’ and Femi Kuti’s performance at the just concluded Felabration event.

Singer, K-Switch and ‘Samba’ beat maker, Sarz also made appearances in the 4:11 minute video directed by Sesan.

Wizkid, released the brand new video under his label, Starboy Entertainment, alongside Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment.

PICTURES: Ill Bliss, Tha Suspect, Chidinma Thrill ‘At The Club’

Nigerian music stars, Ill BlissTha Suspect and Chidinma partied with music lovers and fans a few weeks back at Club Ace (The Place) in Ikeja GRA, performing their bevvy of hit singles.

The party also featured the Remy Martin Dance Off hosted by Bovi.

Check out pictures of the celebrities at the event.

Naeto C, D’Prince, Skuki and DJ Zeez are lined-up to perform at this month’s edition of ‘At The Club’ with Remy Martin.

Creddy F Drops Video For ‘Scooby Scooby’

Upcoming rap artiste, Creddy F has released the video for his song titled, Scooby Scooby, which was initially released in 2012 and featured popular act, LKT (Alaye).

Crescent Patrick Nwanagu,  who is also known as Creddy F is now back with the video directed by one of Nigeria’s ace music video directors, Patrick Elis.

Patrick Ellis has directed several other music videos including Eva’s ‘Lights Out,’ Baba Dee’s ‘Gum Body,’ Tillaman’s ‘Ko Ma Roll’ to mention a few.

Skales Releases Music Video For ‘Take Care Of Me’

Empire Mates Entertainment is proud to present the official music video from Skales for “Take Care of Me”, the first single to be taken from his forthcoming debut Album All The Above which will be released in the first quarter of 2014.

The  new single was produced by renowned StarBoy Entertainment production duo Legendury Beatz,  the video was directed by film-maker Aje Filmworks.

The “Take Care Of Me” music video is filled with fresh visuals, showing  Skales as he tries to do all that is necessary to woo his pretty love’s interest, with E.M.E label mate ShayDee making a rather hilarious cameo appearance along the way.

Nigerian Idols’ Jayfeel Releases First Single, Ghetto Love

The 3rd runner-up of Nigerian Idol’s third season, Joshua Enakhimion aka Jayfeel, has released a brand new single titled, Ghetto Love, produced by Samklef.

Nigerian Idols season 3 was fun, especially for the quality of contestants that took part. Although he didn’t win, one contestant people won’t forget in a hurry is Jayfeel.

After thrilling on the show and having fun while doing it, Jayfeel went on to sign a $150,000 deal with Optima Media Group (OMG) and is set to debut on the scene as not just a charismatic face and beautiful voice, but also a great performer and relevant brand to music in Nigeria and beyond.

Signed on to Klefsound Management founded by award-winning producer Samklef, the young act is releasing his debut single not just as a music file but with a video to express himself to fans better before the official video drops.

The music video was directed by Samklef .

 

DRB Lasgidi Drops New Music, ‘Take Control’

As they continue to take Nigeria by storm while also getting English kids to sing in Yoruba fluently, DRB LASGIDI are back to “take control” with their brand new single titled “Take Control”.

Taken from the forthcoming #AFROBEATSUKEP which is brought to you by FLI5STAR and OY Production and distributed by AfriSounds, DRB LasGidi’s “Take Control” is a definite banger!

Laced with lush conga drums, deep bass guitar strings and sexy saxophone arrangements and accompanied by an infectious and catchy hook from BOJ and lyrical fire from TEE ZEE and FRESHL, “Take Control” is exactly what the doctor ordered as its buttery smooth musical backdrop, Salsa infusions and pure magical delivery from DRB make it an essential jam of 2013 and perfect for the Summer – fit for all occasions, from festivals to pool parties to BBQs and everything in between.

With an ever-growing loyal fan base of young aspiring Africans, both in Europe and on the continent, DRB LasGidi are not quite content and have set their sights on taking their music and brand to new international audiences.

Simply in a class of its own, their new single “Take Control” serves as the lead single from the forthcoming #AfrobeatsUKEP brought to you by renowned film maker and Afrobeats enthusiast Fli5Star and critically acclaimed producer OY Production.

 

DJ Xclusive Drops “No Time” Video Featuring Skales May D, Tillaman

DJ Xclusive has released the video for his popular single, ‘No Time,’ featuring Skales, May D and Tillaman.

Directed by Squareball AdasaCookey, the video depicts DJ Xclusive as the debonair party-starting hero, adroitly incorporating his signature style.

The video features guest appearances from a few celebrities including May D, Banky W, Skales, Shaydee, Niyola, Tillaman, Uti Nwachukwu, and a host of others.

The video comes right after Xclusive’s hosting of Big Brother Africa: The Chase live eviction show last weekend where he thrilled crowds in South Africa as well as the entire African continent with his famed repertoire. He took his place in the DJ’s booth at the Channel O Party for the Chase Mates last.

Lola Rae Features Iyanya In Brand New Single, “Fi Mi Le”

Following on from just being nominated for a Nigerian Entertainment Award as ‘Most Promising Female Act To Watch’ and with her music video for “Watch My Ting Go” recently picked as ‘Video of the Week’ on BET’s 106 & Park, British Nigerian Pop star Lola Rae is back with her brand new warm-up titled “Fi Mi Le.”

The song features Iyanya and  is produced by P2J, who also produced “Watch My Ting Go”. “Fi Mi Le” is an instantly captivating and unforgettable tune with its infectious drum-heavy musical backdrop supported by lush synths and catchy hand-claps, over which Lola Rae and Iyanya both bring their A-game – Lola Rae with her amazing vocals and Iyanya with his heart-melting harmonies and undisputed smooth flow.

With several taste makers continuing to praise Lola Rae and describe her as “one to watch”, it is not hard to see why. Her debut music video has already garnered over 450,000 views on YouTube and her singles are on constant radio rotation, both in Nigeria and in the UK, with “Fi Mi Le” featuring Iyanya bound to continue in the same vein!

You simply cannot argue that Lola Rae – who has just been confirmed as supporting Davido on his forthcoming UK tour in September – is a huge star in the making, join her on her next step into super stardom and enjoy “Fi Mi Le” featuring Iyanya below:

New Music: ‘In Love With A Fan’ – Sakordie

Less than 24 hours after top Ghanian rapper, Sakordie, released his new track, “In love with a fan,” encomiums have poured forth from fans all over West Africa.

The 25 year old musician, is without a doubt one of the biggest musicians out of Africa as his music earned him the 2012 BET Award for Best International Act (Africa).

His new song, In Love With A Fan, has generated a lot of buzz on social media and amongst music lovers who have hit the social media platform, Twitter, to verify the authenticity of the lyrics of the song, which suggest that the popular star is indeed in love with one of his fans.

Sarkodie has also performed with top Nigerian acts, Wizkid, Davido, 2 face, Waje and others.

He is signed to international star, Akon’s Konvict Muzik.

Dammy Krane Releases Three New Singles

Hypertek’s very own superstar Dammy Krane makes a huge splash with the release of three exciting new singles – “Lobatan”, “Gratitude” and the previously leaked “Xteristics.”

Produced by TinTin, “Lobatan” sees Dammy Krane excellently fusing his modern Fuji vibes and sensibility with what can only be described as a mixture of synth-heavy Dance instrumentals and a Dubstep musical milieu, to resounding results.

“Gratitude” on the other hand is 21st Century Fuji music from Dammy Krane with Spellz providing the befitting production with lush drum patterns, talking drums and synthy keyboard arrangements, over which Dammy Krane waxes lyrical in his trademark Fuji vocal cadence and commanding flow.

Dammy Krane and Spellz link up once again on the mid-tempo “Xteristics” which has already become a fan-favourite after leaking on the internet a few days ago and being supported by all the leading online tastemakers. For good reason too, Dammy Krane shows his smooth and sultry side to perfection on “Xteristics”.

Whatever your tastes and preferences are, Dammy Krane does more than satisfy them with these three new singles. Not only that, he shows his vast repertoire and versatility in delivering excellent hit singles over several musical styles. Whether it is “Lobatan” or “Gratitude” or “Xteristics”, you can expect for Dammy Krane to be a constant fixture on your favourite music websites and radio stations for the Summer and rest of 2013 – be prepared for the Dammy Krane Take Over!!!