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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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A Tam-Tam for Africa

In Memoriam: Mamadou Konté (1945–2007)

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The Culture of AIDS in Africa
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Patricia Tang

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.003.0033

This chapter is dedicated to Mamadou Konté (1945–2007), a laborer-turned-businessman who became one of the most important and influential people in the African music industry. Konté is an illiterate African laborer in France who, in the 1970s, began organizing aid concerts to improve the living conditions of immigrant workers. He is the founder of Africa Fête, a Senegal-based organization dedicated to the promotion of African music and musicians. Established in 1978, Africa Fête has managed numerous African artists, organized international tours and festivals, given exposure to new talent, and provided training in sound engineering, production, and management. As a cultural activist, Konté used music as a medium for furthering economic development and social awareness among Africans both at home and in the diaspora. Throughout his life, Konté used music to raise funds and awareness for important causes, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Keywords:   music, Mamadou Konté, music industry, Africa, Africa Fête, HIV/AIDS, African music

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