K IS FOR MORY KANTE

This post is really all about one record. And one remix. “Ye Ke Ye Ke” is the track. Hardfloor the remixers.

As for Mory: Acclaimed for both his preservation and modernization of the musical traditions of West Africa’s Mandinka culture, Mory Kante was born in Kissidougou, Guinea in 1951; the product of a family of griots (musicians who serve not merely as entertainers but also as tribal historians), at age seven he was sent to Mali to learn tribal lore as well as the kora, the West African harp. At 15, Kante relocated to Bamako and joined the Rail Band, then Mali’s most popular group; he remained with the band for seven years, until his rivalry with lead singer Salif Keita ultimately forced Kante to quit and join the Ambassadeurs. He left Bamako in 1977 for nearby Cote D’Ivoire, forming a 35-piece band dubbed Les Milieus Branches; at this time he began introducing elements of American soul and R&B into his sound, often working with producer (and former Stevie Wonder collaborator) Abdouaye Soumare. With the 1981 LP Courougnegne, Kante essentially laid much of the foundation for the cross-cultural fusions which defined Mandinka music throughout the decade, and was so successful not only in Africa but also Europe that he moved to Paris a year later. There he recorded 1984’s Mory Kante a Paris, which increased his international visibility; his biggest hit followed in 1988, when the house music-inspired single “Ye Ke Ye Ke” was a hit throughout Europe. 1990’s Touma pursued a similar creative direction; Nongo Village followed three years later, followed in 1997 by Un Amour de Prix. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

As the bio says, Ye Ke Ye Ke (sometimes “Yéké Yéké”) was a hit in 1988. This included the Afro Acid Mix, which was engineered by Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie and remixed by Martyn Young of Colourbox/MARRS. It was a good remix. But it was taken to another level of dancefloor frenzy in 1994 by the Hardfloor remix. This turned a good track into a dancefloor beast, with monstrous drums and a huge acid breakdown. To prove the track’s longevity, I’ve included a recent white label mix by Simon Nedeczky (who he?). And finally, to show that Mory’s not a one trick pony, a remix by The Ambush.

Mory Kante – Ye Ke Ye Ke (Afro-Acid Remix)

Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)

Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke (Remix By Simon Nedeczky)

Mory Kante – Mogo Djolo (Ambush Vocal Mix)

 

~ by acidted on September 5, 2009.

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