Death of Hadja Mah Kouyaté #2: A posthumous honor to honor the artist’s memory

Mah Kouyaté N°2, who died on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Bamako, Mali, received the honor posthumously. It was on Sunday, November 13, 2022, in Bobo-Dioulasso, during the doua ceremony of the 7th day. He was posthumously knighted for his services to Arts, Literature and Communication.

Seven days have passed since Mah Kouyaté #2 was torn from the love of her family. On Monday, November 7, at the age of 46, he answered “God’s call” in the land of Mali. He was taken to his final resting place on Tuesday, November 8, by a crowd of friends, relatives and loved ones. So the cultural world greeted this “sad news” with pain and confusion. A week after his disappearance, his family, friends and co-workers are still inconsolable. This is at least what is to be celebrated during the 7th day of prayer held this Sunday, November 13, 2022, in Bobo-Dioulasso, at the home of her husband, the President of the National Union, Aly Konate. Dosos from Burkina.

Officials attend the doua ceremony of Mah Kouyaté #2.

Mah Kouyate was blessed during this prayer ceremony for the repose of the soul of the deceased. The ceremony was also a moment of testimony and respect for the artist. This with the participation of political, traditional and religious authorities and cultural actors. From the Malian delegation to religious people, the consular staff of Hauts-Bass and the actors of the cultural world who passed by the Côte d’Ivoire delegation welcomed the memory of a “great lady”. The brilliant career of the artist therefore prompted the country’s authorities to posthumously award him an honorary degree.

Photo #2 of the late Mah Kouyaté.

“This distinction of the highest authorities in the country is justified by the many actions he has to perform artistically. He started singing at the age of 9. He was able to realize about thirty albums that were really successful. So, with all this in mind, the authorities considered it necessary to decorate him after his death,” explained Siaka Sanou, regional director of culture, arts and tourism for Hauts-Bassins. In these painful days, he took the opportunity to express the condolences of the government and cultural figures to the bereaved family. delivered.

Siaka Sanou, Regional Director of Culture, Arts and Tourism of Hauts-Bassins.

Originally from Conakry, Guinea, Mah Kouyaté was born in 1976 and started making music at the age of 9 with his parents, who were also artists. His first album was released in 1996. Between 2001 and 2005, he achieved the greatest success in Mali’s history. In his songs, he preached understanding, brotherhood, peace, and gave advice. Mandingo cherry, this iconic figure of Mali music was the wife of Aly Konate, president of the National Union of Burkina Dozo. Married with four children, she moved to Burkina Faso more than 18 years ago.

For Djémory Kouyaté dit Boua, the older brother of the deceased, Mah Kouyaté’s departure is a great loss for the Grits, the culture of Mali and Burkinabè, and even African culture. So she greeted all those who had made the journey to attend this prayer ceremony of her sister. “From Mali to Burkina through Senegal and Guinea Conakry, I greet everyone. Mah was an extraordinary woman, very modest, courageous, a good mother and a good sister. We pray for him. Humble, kind and polite, Mah Kouyaté #2 has been like this all his life,” he said.

Traditional leaders participate in the doua ceremony of the artist.

Everyone unanimously agreed that Mah Kouyaté #2 is a great voice and that he has contributed greatly to the promotion of Malian and Burkinabè culture through Mandinka music. They also prayed for mercy to his soul and for his works to be an example for future generations. Her and her husband’s family informed about this during their testimony. His colleagues praised him. For the griots, the artist was “a great griot of value and class” because he was able to promote “griotism” during his lifetime.

Romuald Dauphin

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