Guinean singer Mory Kante, star of 1980s African wave, dead

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Mory Kante performs on stage after being awarded with the Great Prize of World Music during les Grands Prix De La Sacem 2017 Ceremony At Salle Pleyel on November 27, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julien Hekimian/Getty Images)
Mory Kante performs on stage after being awarded with the Great Prize of World Music during les Grands Prix De La Sacem 2017 Ceremony At Salle Pleyel on November 27, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien Hekimian/Getty Images)

Guinean singer Mory Kante, who helped introduce African music to a world audience in the 1980s, died on Friday in the capital Conakry, his son Balla Kante told AFP.

Kante is best known for his dance song "Yeke Yeke," which was a huge hit in Africa before becoming a No. 1 in several European countries in 1988.

Nicknamed the "electronic griot" -- a play on the name for traditional West African musicians and storytellers -- Kante died in hospital at the age of 70 after succumbing to untreated health problems.

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