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Mano Mundo, a nice and interesting festival, taking place yearly under the umbrella of the Antwerp Province, kicks off on the 12 and 13 May 2012, respectively. In the past, the festival had hosted famous musicians from different countries globally, including Tutu Puoane, Manu Dibango and a host of many others to entertain the people at Schorre in Boom.

This year, among other musicians to perform at the festival, is the great Guinean musician known as Mory Kanté.   Mory was born in Guinea on May 29, 1950. As a vocalist, player of Kora, a traditional harp, his golden voice and skills on the kora made him a genius among other traditional musicians from Africa.

In 1987, Kanté became internationally known for his hit "Yeke yeke", which was one of Africa's best-ever selling hits as well as being a European Number One in 1988, making it the first ever African single to sell over one million copies. It was in Munich 1988, I heard this great song pulling everyone to the dance floor.

In 1994, his international stardom excelled when the German techno duo Hardfloor created a dance remix of "Yéké Yéké." He also appeared in 2006 as a vocalist on British DJ Darren Tate's release, "Narama". On 16 October 2001, Mory Kanté was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

For more information on this year's Mano Mundo Festival, go to the website at
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