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Biography of Mamadou KONTé

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Mamadou KONTé
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Born on 22/07/1948 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Mamadou Konté (July 22, 1948-June 20, 2007), was a Malian music producer who became a global ambassador for African music .

Mamadou Konté was the founder and director of Africa Fête which helped boost the carrers of some of the continent's best- known singers. A Malian immigrant in France during the 1960s, Konté became active in fighting for improved living conditions for immigrant laborers. In order to raise money for this cause, he organized the first Africa Fête concert in 1978, which attracted over 10,000 people.

Soon after he began serving as producer, manager and agent for artists such as Touré Kunda, Manu Dibango, and Xalam. Konté organized Youssou N'Dour's first major European tour, and launched the international careers of countless African musicians including Salif Keita, Ismael Lo, Angelique Kidjo,Baaba Maal and Positive Black Soul.

A long-time resident of Paris, Konte returned to Senegal in the late 1990s to establish Tringa, a cultural centre for young Senegalese artists.

He was awarded a Chevalier des Arts and Lettres by the government of France in 1992.
Since 1995 Konté and Africa Fête have been based in Dakar, Senegal, always helping to support and promote new musical talent. The Africa Fête festival is held in Dakar every year in conjunction with World AIDS day.

Mamadou Konté believed first and foremost that music can and should play an active role in the economic development of African countries. He has helped to create laws to protect the rights of musicians and composers, and has led the fight against music piracy in Senegal and throughout Africa.

Last update : 07/02/2008

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