Old African Music

Fodé Conté – Rio Pongo

Fodé Conté was one of Guinea’s most popular musicians. He performed with his own groups, plus with Les Ballet Africains and Ballet Djoliba. He did not always have good relations with the government of Sékou Touré and fled Guinea after being informed that he was going to be arrested.

Many of his songs were based on proverbs. For example, his last recording – The caterpillar – told how “The head eats everything”, a reference to the Touré regime. He lived in exile in Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire, returning to Guinea only after Touré had died. Fodé Conté passed away in August 2008.

Live on RTG 1 and 2 and 3.

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