Mory Kanté was born in 1950 in Guinea. As young Mory picked out his first songs on balafon and guitar, he knew that he had an obligation to uplift society. Soon Kanté began his tenure in the Rail Band of Bamako, trailblazers in blending African tradition and Western style.


Kanté became one of the first artists to win a Kora Award, a distinction he adds to having won a number of French awards, including Maracas d’Or and Victoires de la Musique. 'La Guinéenne' (2012) marks Kanté’s return to his trademark, big band sound. The result is 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 compelling vocalists in African music today.