Although largely unknown to the general audience, African rap has lost one of its most important players. Mamadou Konte founded the Africa FÃªte festival in France in the late seventies, later bringing it to the US and Canada. He also set up a label in Senegal that was responsible for uncovering Positive Black Soul and Pee Froiss, amongst others. One of his most important contributions to music, however, was the continued development of a music business in West Africa, where he ran numerous programmes for training managers and other professionals. He was also very active in trying to protect African music from the rampant piracy of the West Coast. Much of his work can be found by connecting to Africa Fete.com. Konte died in Dakar on June 21, and is survived by two sons – and a whole generation of musicians and music professionals.
UPDATE: Mamadou Konte will be featured in a special programme to be broadcast on TV5 Monde. Boncana MaÃ¯ga’s “Stars Parade” will be devoted to him. Guests will include Souleymane Coly (Koteba), Luc Mayitoukou and Saintrick. The show goes out on July 14 at 18:00 GMT and Sunday July 15 at 12:00 GMT for Africa and Friday July 20 at 6:30 in France. Looks like you should check your satellite dishes and recorders.
Source: African Rap.com