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Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke

Before becoming this international hit in 1987, due to its strong dance and pop arrangements (aka Manding Funk), Yekeke is a folk/traditional Guinean song.

It was first revisited in a tradi-modern style by Mory’s half-brother & griot Djeli Moussa Diawara on his first solo album (known as “Yasimika” – recorded in Abidjan in 1982).

Update 05/22/2020: RIP Mory Kanté, dead today (70yo)

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Ali Hassan Kuban – Yah Nasma Yah Halina (1990)

“The Godfather of Nubian Soul”

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“And so Les Amazones d’Afrique were born…”

A collective of female stars including Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia and Nneka is singing out against gender inequality in west Africa over a soundtrack of funk, blues and dub

“Their name a homage both to the Dahomey Amazons, women warriors who roamed modern-day Benin for the better part of 200 years, protecting west African borders, and the first all-female pop music group in Guinea, Les Amazones de Guinée.”

The Guardian