Mory Kanté (29 March 1950 – 22 May 2020) was a Guinean vocalist and player of the kora harp. He was best known internationally for his 1987 hit song “Yé ké yé ké”, which reached number-one in Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, and Spain. The album it came from, Akwaba Beach, was the best-selling African record of its time.
“Yeke Yeke” became an international hit in 1988 , it was one of Africa’s best-ever selling hits as well as being a European number one, making it the first ever African single to sell over one million copies. The song was a top five hit in France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, where it topped the chart for two consecutive weeks. A remix named the “Afro Acid Mix” was especially made for UK release where it reached No. 25. In 1994, German techno duo Hardfloor remixed the song and released this new version with moderate success.
The lyrics are in Mandinka.