Alpha Blondy
(Côte d'Ivoire)

Djembe
Biography
Alpha Blondy is one of the most successful reggae stars and one of the most prominent African musicians at the same time. Already at young age, he was making music, and he has been a follower of the Rastafari belief. Musically, he has been strongly influenced by Bob Marley. But when returning from a stay of two years in the United States, his parents had put him in a mental hospital because of his strong Rastafari beliefs.

In the early 1980s he was able to record a single « Brigadier Sabari », which is a popular song until today, followed by the album « Jah Glory ». Soon, a record deal with EMI-Pathé-Marconi enabled him to record and tour throughout two decades. He sings mainly in Dioula, French, English, about injustice, political issues, and religion. He strongly advocates reconciliation between the world religions.

Through the popularity of reggae in the whole of Africa, where Bob Marley is still highly respected, Alpha Blondy has a super star status. In Côte d'Ivoire, reggae is still one of the main music styles made in the country. Other artists in this genre are Ismael Isaac, Les Frères Keita, Waby Spider and Tiken Jah Fakoly.



Born: 1 January 1953, as Seydou Koné, in Dimbokoro
Style: reggae



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Discography

Title Year Label Remarks
Positive Energy 2015 Wagram Music
Best of Alpha Blondy 2013 AlphAlliance / Wagram Music 2CD
Mystic Power 2013 Wagram Music
Live at Paris Zenith 1992 & Paris Bercy 2000 2012 Wagram Music 3CD Limited edition
Vision 2011 Wagram Music CD / Bonus Edition : 2CD
Jah Victory 2007 Jober Entertainment/IODA
Akwaba - The Very Best Of 2005 Virgin
Radical Roots From The Emperor Of African Reggae 2004 Manteca MANTCD050 Compilation album
Merci 2002 EMI 538 341-2
The Best of... / Black Samurai 2002 EMI 537 754-2
L'Essentiel Alpha Blondy 2002 EMI 537 165-2
Paris Bercy (Live) 2000 EMI 532 411-2
Elohim 2000 Une Music U 1027-2 Also on Alpha Blondy ABCD 99083 (2001)
The Best of Alpha Blondy 1999 Shanachie SHCD43075
Yitzhak Rabin 1998 Tuff Gong 54282-2 Also on Stern's STCD 1087 (1998)
Grand Bassam Zion Rock 1996 EMI 852 470-2
The Best of Alpha Blondy 1996 EMI 837 041-2
Dieu 1994 EMI 829 847-2
Live au Zénith 1993 EMI 789 470-2
S.O.S. guerre tribale 1993 EMI 789 019-2
Masada 1992 EMI 798 620-2
The Prophets 1989 Pathé-Marconi 791 793-1
Revolution 1987 Pathé-Marconi 748 655-1
Jerusalem 1986 Pathé-Marconi Also on Stern's STCD 1019 (1987)
Apartheid is nazism 1985 Pathé-Marconi Also on Stern's STCD 1017 (1986)
Cocody Rock 1984 Pathé-Marconi 240 233-1
Rasta Poué 1984 Syllart 38726-1
Jah Glory 1983 Syllart 38710-1

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