Mali • Death of Hadja Mah Kouyaté N°2: A posthumous honorary distinction to salute the memory of the artist • Malijet

Passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022 in Bamako, Mali, Mah Kouyaté N°2 received an honorary distinction posthumously. It was this Sunday, November 13, 2022 in Bobo-Dioulasso, during the doua ceremony of the 7th day. She was made, posthumously, Knight of the Order of Merit of Arts, Letters and Communication.

It’s been seven days to the day that Mah Kouyaté N°2 was torn from the affection of his family. She responded to “God’s call” on Monday, November 7, at the age of 46, on Malian soil. She was taken to her final resting place on Tuesday, November 8, by a crowd of friends, relatives and close associates. Thus, it is with pain and consternation that the world of culture welcomed this “sad news”. A week after her disappearance, the family, friends and collaborators of the deceased are still inconsolable. This is at least what was given to note this Sunday, November 13, 2022 during the doua ceremony of the 7th day which took place in Bobo-Dioulasso, at the home of her husband Aly Konaté, president of the National Union. dozos from Burkina.

The authorities present at the doua ceremony of Mah Kouyaté N°2.

During this prayer ceremony for the repose of the soul of the deceased, blessings were said to Mah Kouyaté. The ceremony was also a moment of testimony and tribute to the artist. This, in the presence of political, customary and religious authorities and cultural actors. From the Malian delegation to the religious, passing by the Ivorian delegation, the consular delegation of the Hauts-Bassins and the actors of the world of culture, all hailed the memory of “a great lady”. The artist’s brilliant career therefore motivated the country’s authorities to award him an honorary distinction posthumously.

“This distinction by the highest authorities in the country is justified by the many acts she has had to do artistically. It is since the age of 9 that she began to sing. She was able to implement about thirty albums which were truly successful. So, it is in view of all this that the authorities deemed it necessary that she be decorated posthumously,” explained Siaka Sanou, the regional director of culture, arts and tourism for the Hauts-Bassins. In these painful times, he took this opportunity to convey the compassion of the government and cultural actors to the bereaved family.

Originally from Guinea Conakry, Mah Kouyaté was born in 1976 and started music with her parents who were also artists, at the age of 9. Her first album was released in 1996. It was between 2001 and 2005 that she had the greatest success throughout the history of Mali. In her songs, she advocated understanding, fraternity, peace and gave advice. Mandingo cherry, this emblematic figure of Malian music was the wife of the president of the National Union of Dozo of Burkina, Aly Konaté. Married and mother of four children, she moved to Burkina Faso more than 18 years ago.

For Djémory Kouyaté dit Boua, the deceased’s big brother, the departure of Mah Kouyaté is a great loss for the griots and Malian and Burkinabè culture, even African culture. He thus greeted all those who made the trip to attend this dua ceremony of his sister. “From Mali to Burkina via Senegal and Guinea Conakry, I greet everyone. Mah was an extraordinary woman, very humble, courageous, a good mother and a good sister. We pray for her. Humble, kind and courteous, Mah Kouyaté N°2 has been so throughout his life,” he testified.

Everyone was unanimous that Mah Kouyaté N°2 was a great voice, that she made an immense contribution to the promotion of Malian and Burkinabè culture through Mandinka music. They all also prayed for the rest of his soul and for his works to serve as an example to future generations. Her family and that of her husband made it known during the testimonies. His collaborators were full of praise for him. For the griots, the artist was a “very great griot of value and class”, because he was able to promote “griotism” during his life.

Romuald Dofini

Mali • Death of Hadja Mah Kouyaté N°2: A posthumous honorary distinction to salute the memory of the artist • Malijet