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Kjell Kalleklev Management AS
Georgernes Verft 12, N-5011 Bergen Norway
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mail: kjell@kalleklev.no www.kalleklev.no

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Known for the dazzling success of his song Yeke Yeke, Mory Kante, brilliant Guinean griot, singer and master of the kora, always thrills his audiences at every show - no matter where in the world he is performing! This musical pioneer of African music with his band of talented musicians, are always a breath of freshness from the musical mother-source, and an electric-and electrifying!-reminder of the unifying power of his truly planetary world music!

Mory Kanté is a legend-a traditional West African musician who rose to regional stardom in the '70s, rocked the world pop charts from his adopted home in Paris in the '80s, rode the wave of globalized African music in the '90s, and returned home to his native Guinea in the 2000s to become a force for economic development and an inspirational voice for a new generation of Africans. Optimism and inspiration are themes that pervade the songs on Kanté's new album, La Guinéenne, his eleventh. This is both a love song to Africa, and Guinea, and a treasure chest of hard-nosed advice about trust, hard work, gratitude, and the importance of maintaining traditions in the face of modernity.


Available with full electric band and Norwegian horns

MORY KANTÉ - La Guinéenne, 2012

With La Guinéenne, Mory Kanté pays a tribute to Women, a full-throated praise song to the women of the world, whose sacrifice, dedication, and centrality to human progress is too often met with oppression and neglect. La Guinéenne is also a musical tour de force from a pioneer whose work has helped define the musical language of post-independence Africa, and who remains one of the most forceful bandleaders and compelling vocalists in African music today.

La Guinéenne marks Kanté’s return to his trademark, big band sound. It also marks his return to Guinea. Kanté recorded the original tracks for La Guinéenne in Conakry, at a moment of reinvention in Guinea, following a period of deep political turmoil. Kanté then took the tracks to Paris, where he worked closely with producer Philippe Avril and a 5-piece brass section from the north of Norway to complete the album. The result is a genuinely bi-cultural creation, rooted in authentic West African folklore, and gleaming with the polish and precision of top-flight contemporary production.


For many years, Mory Kanté's beefed-up African music was the soundtrack of European dancefloors. This time around, however, the Guinean has gone back to his roots for an acoustic album that showcases his talents as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. It's every bit the tour de force it should be, too, very powerfully rooted, bristling with good material, and with Kanté himself never sounding better, the griot voice curling around notes and lines in his distinctive wail. He's ably supported by others, most notably Adama Condé, whose solos on the deep, xylophone-like balafon are a delight to the ear. But much of the credit lies with Kanté himself, who handles many of the instruments. Whether it's the relentless rhythm of "Mama" or the delicacy of "Nafiya," he's in complete control, letting the music frame his voice and leaving plenty of space for the songs to breathe. That he's a remarkable talent is already beyond question, given his resumé. But this stands head and shoulders above his previous work, some of which has seemed anonymous. Every note of this is personal and sounds that way, performed with joy, great love, and care. He addresses Africa's problems and potential solutions on the title cut, and the power of love in "Diananko," ideas that delve beyond most Western songs but fall well within the scope of a griot and a man concerned with his Mande past and future. With this record, Kanté has rejuvenated his career. ~ Chris Nickson

Mory Kanté inherited the griot tradition from the jalis of Mande. At its height during the reign of Sundiata Keita in the thirteenth century, the African empire of Mande stretched from the Atlantic coast to the region of Gao. Mory began his musical education even before his birth, on 29 March 1950 at Albadania near Kissidougou in the forestland of Guinea. His mother, Fatouma Kamissoko, communicated with him through music when he was still in her womb – Fatouma is of Malian origin. Her father, the jali Mory Sanda Kamissoko known as ‘Sanda’, was a spiritual leader for the griots in the regions of Kouranko and Sankaran in Guinea. He personally baptised his grandchild and passed on to him his own name. Full bio HERE







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Past bookings


Oslo, Norge



Arendal, Norway

Canal Street Jazz Festival


Voss, Norway

Park Hotel Vossevangen


Bergen, Norway

Kulturhuset USF


Trondheim, Norway


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