- Jeremy Rich
was born in Albadaria, near Kissidou in Guinea on 29 March 1950. His mother was Fatouma Kamissoko and his maternal grandfather was the famed griot Mory Sanda Kamissoko. He belonged to a Manding family of musicians and bards, known as djeli or griots. When Kanté was only seven years old an aunt agreed to teach him to play instruments and sing. He soon learned the balafon xylophone associated with djeli, as well as the twenty-one-string kora. However, he also drew inspiration from his elder brother Kante Faceley.
Kanté made his way to the Malian capital of Bamako when he was very young, and as a boy he played guitar in a group called the Twins of Lafiabougou. By the time he enrolled in the Institut des Arts in Bamako in 1968 he was playing Congolese rumba and rock music on his guitar His first big break into professional ...