As mentioned below, the death of Mamadou Konte was a great loss to African music (and indeed the US and European music fans that enjoyed the acts he promoted). The company he created, Africa FÃªte, is however continuing. On September 9 and 15 next, they are putting together a special homage to Konte with a selection of acts based in the south of France: these include Toko Blaze (photo right), Oumar KouyatÃ©, Sayon Bama Camara, Afro Latin Jazz Concept and others.
The Paris and Marseilles events are also to support Africa FÃªte, who were recently the victims of a burglary. For details, visit Africa FÃªte.com. To check Toko Blaze’s sweet ragga/dancehall in French, click here.