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Alpha Blondy

"Alpha Blondy" (born "Seydou Koné" on January 1, 1953 in Dimbokoro, Côte d'Ivoire) is a reggae singer. He is a major star in West Africa. He has played with The Wailers. He studied English at Hunter College in New York, and later in the Columbia University American Language Program.

"Alpha Blondy" sings mainly in Dioula, French and English, but also sometimes in Arabic or Hebrew. His lyrics denote strong political attitude and humor. He invented the word "democrature" (it translates as "democratorship") to qualify some African governments.

His first success was ''Brigadier Sabary''. Some representative songs are:

*''Apartheid is Nazism''

*''Brigadier Sabary'' - satirical lyrics about police brutality.

*''Guerre Civile'' - about civil war

*''Jerusalem'' - about Israel contains some lyrics in Hebrew

*''Journalistes en danger'' - about the assassination of Norbert Zongo

*''Politiqui'' - about civilian / military government alternance

*''Yitzhak Rabin''

Blondy features on a track on the 2005 Magic System album ''Petit Pompier''.


First son of a big family of nine children, Seydou Kone was born in Dimbokro in 1953. Raised by his grandmother, the...

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