It was Kante’s upbeat single Yeke Yeke that catapulted him to fame, and brought Mandingo dance music to nightclubs across Europe [File: Rafael Marchante/Reuters]

Guinean singer Mory Kante, who helped introduce African music to a world audience in the 1980s, has died in the capital Conakry, his family said. He was 70.

“Guinea and the whole world have lost a great personality,” Kante’s son Balla Kante told The Associated Press on Friday. “My father was a great personality. We lost a large library today.”

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Balla said his father had not been feeling well for quite some time, adding that he will be tested for COVID-19.

Kante is best known for his dance song Yeke Yeke, which was a huge hit in Africa before

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