Yé ké yé ké

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"Yé ké yé ké"
Yé ké yé ké (Mory Kanté).jpg
Single by Mory Kanté
from the album Akwaba Beach
B-side "Akwaba Beach"
Released 1987
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD single
Genre World, pop
Length 3:58
Label Barclay,
London (UK)
Songwriter(s) Mory Kanté
Producer(s) Nick Patrick
Mory Kanté singles chronology
"Yé ké yé ké"
(1987)
"Tama"
(1988)
"Yé ké yé ké"
(1988)
"Tama"
(1988)

"Yé ké yé ké" is a song by Guinean singer Mory Kanté. It was released in 1987 as a single from his third studio album Akwaba Beach. The song became an international hit, it 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. The song was a top five hit in France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands where it topped the chart for two consecutive weeks. A remix named the "Afro Acid Mix" was especially made to the UK release where it reached No. 25. In 1994, German techno duo Hardfloor remixed the song and released this new version with moderate success. Due to the international popularity of the song, Cantopop singer Priscilla Chan made a cover version (地球大追蹤) which was part of her 1988 album "The Color of Autumn".

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Yé ké yé ké" – 3:58
  2. "Akwaba Beach" – 5:11
12" maxi
  1. "Yé ké yé ké" (remix) – 6:17
  2. "Akwaba Beach" – 5:11
  3. "Yé ké yé ké" – 3:58
12" maxi - US
  1. "Yé ké yé ké" (French Remix) - 6:17
  2. "Yé ké yé ké" (Afro Acid Mix) - 5:25
  3. "Yé ké yé ké" (Mory's House Version) - 5:25
  4. "Yé ké yé ké" (French Edit) - 3:38
  5. "Akwaba Beach" - 5:11
12" maxi - UK
  1. "Yé ké yé ké" (the Afro acid remix) (*engineered by Robin Guthrie)
  2. "Akwaba Beach"
  3. "Yé ké yé ké" (the French remix)
CD single
  1. "Yé ké yé ké" (remix) – 6:20
  2. "Akwaba Beach" – 5:14
  3. "Yé ké yé ké" (live) – 7:17

Charts[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Gimme Hope Jo'anna" by Eddy Grant
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
14 May 1988 – 21 May 1988
Succeeded by
"Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" by Glenn Medeiros
Preceded by
"Theme from S-Express" by S-Express
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
18 June 1988 – 2 July 1988

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mory Kante – Ye ke ye ke" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mory Kante – Yé Ké Yé Ké" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  4. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mory Kante – Yé ké yé ké" (in French). Les classement single.
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Mory Kante Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ a b Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved 20 May 2009)
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mory Kante search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mory Kante – Yé ké yé ké". Singles Top 100.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mory Kante – Yé ké yé ké". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ a b c "Mory Kante: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 11 Jun 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "1988 Belgian Flanders Singles Chart" (in Dutch). ultratop.be. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Single top 100 over 1988" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  15. ^ 2008 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived January 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 20 May 2009)