African music giants to play in memory of Konte

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22 November 2007, PARIS - Five months after the death of Mamadou Konte, an icon of African music, some of the continent's top musicians are to pay homage to the Senegalese producer in Paris, organisers said Wednesday.

22 November 2007

PARIS - Five months after the death of Mamadou Konte, an icon of African music, some of the continent's top musicians are to pay homage to the Senegalese producer in Paris, organisers said Wednesday.

Mamadou Konte

Manu Dibango, Passi, Toure Kunda, Omar Pene, Cheikh Tidiane Seck and Kasse Mady are among a score of names scheduled to gather at a major Paris club, La Cigale, on Saturday to raise funds for a Mamadou Konte prize that will be attributed from November next year.

Malian-born Konte, who died last June in Senegal at the age of 65, became a global ambassador for African music. He was the founder of an international music festival, Africa Fete, which between 1978 and 1998 helped boost the careers of some of the continent's best-known singers.

Africa Fete, held in France and the United States, helped launch the careers of some of Africa's biggest stars, including Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour, Papa Wemba and Simon Mahlatini.

AFP

Subject: French news

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