Alpha Blondy

Reggae Singer

Alpha Blondy was born in Dimbokro, C on January 1st, 1953 and is the Reggae Singer. At the age of 71, Alpha Blondy biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 1, 1953
Ivory Coast
Place of Birth
Dimbokro, C
71 years old
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Artist, Musician
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Alpha Blondy Life

Alpha Blondy (born Seydou Koné, 1 January 1953 in Dimbokro, Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist.

Many of his songs are politically and socioeconomically motivated, and they are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French, and English, though he does occasionally use other languages, such as Arabic or Hebrew.


Alpha Blondy Career

Musical career

Blondy's first solo album, entitled Jah Glory, was released in 1982 after numerous television shows for Kassi. This album was supposed to be a symbol of resistance and deposition in Abidjan in the 1980s, as well as police mistreatment. Alpha Blondy, an African twist on Reggae music, made a name for himself in Abidjan, earning him the nickname "the Bob Marley of Africa" among his followers. Alpha Blondy is spiritual, political, and hopeful, as Marley himself, and has produced a remix of Bob Marley's "War" on YouTube. He wanted to reach more people with his words in different languages: English; French; Baoulé; and Dioula's native language. Later, he added new instruments to his brand of reggae, such as the violin and cello.

Alpha Blondy's fame soon extended to Europe. He went to Paris in 1984 to make his second album, Cocody Rock, with the name Pathe Marcowarumi, following the success of an EP named Rasta Poué. The "Bob Marley of Africa" crew travelled to Jamaica and recorded the title track of this album with Marley's backing band, The Wailers.

Blondy went back to the studio to record Apartheid Is Nazism, but the title song was a call for apartheid's demise. He recorded "Jerusalem" at Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica in 1986, a tribute to legendary Aston "Family Man" Barrett. Blondy attempted to promote synergy among Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. He derived his arguments and inspiration from his own varying knowledge of the Bible, Quran, and Torah. He appeared in Hebrew during a concert in Morocco the previous year. At this point, he was on the road all the time. Revolution's latest album was a lighter, more delicate sound; this album featured cellos in the instrumentation; and veteran Ivory Coast singer Aicha Kone appeared in the line-up. The album also contained "Jah Houphouth parle," a long address by Ivory Coast President Félix Houphou't-Boigny with only the most minimal beat behind it.

Blondy appeared on stage and on film in Abidjan from 1987 to 1989. At this point, Blondy himself was promoting it, as he was distancing himself from Pathe Marconi. This was not to be a huge success, but it did not deter Blondy, and with the help of musical legends like Bocana Maiga and UK reggay producer Dennis Bovell, he returned to Europe in 1991 for a concert tour and to record his popular album Masada. Blondy's debut album "Rendez Vous" was a huge success, and Blondy was later to receive his first Gold Disc in Paris.

Blondy succumbed to sadness at the start of 1993, after being drained from a world tour, and was taken into an institution for psychotherapy assistance. However, as his health regained, he released the album Dieu ("God"), on which he appears more spiritual and religious, on a track called "Heal Me" about his illness and recovery.

Blondy's psychotherapeutic therapy continued, but on December 10, 1994, he returned to the festival in honor of President Houphouet, and later in Paris, he made his European return to the festival. Blondy released a hits compilation in 1996 and returned to the studio to record Grand Bassam Zion, singing in six languages: Arabic; French; and Wolof.

Blondy returned to his homeland in 1998, with his latest album, The Prophet, after two more years in Paris. Convinced that his brand was too focused on the international market, he decided to start his own brand. Since 1996, he has released albums and singles, including "Yitzhak Rabin" in honor of the Israeli prime minister's assassination in 1995 (this was followed by a grueling tour of Europe). He also performed "Journaliste en Danger," from his 2000 album Elohim.

Alpha Blondy celebrated 20 years as a recording artist with the 2002 release of CD MERCI, which included Ophelie Winter and Saian Supa Crew, earning him a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Reggae Album" on 2003. However, he was unable to attend the award ceremony in New York City due to the political instability on the Ivory Coast. In a rare move, the Grammy Awards enabled him to send a representative in his place of honor. Akwaba was first published in 2005. In July 2007, Jah Victory's CD was released. It stars Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, as well as Tyrone Downie, who was previously of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The word "victory" has been invoked to honor the peace deal that was negotiated and implemented in the Ivory Coast in March 2007.

"Sébé Allah Y'é" was one of Blondy's most popular and lucrative songs.

Blondy performed at Central Park in New York on July 19, 2009, drawing a crowd of many native Africans, Jamaicans, and Americans.

On the 13th of June 2010, a huge crowd was welcomed into a Blondy concert in the Ivory Coast to celebrate the country's peace and unity. At least 20 people were wounded in the concert, two of whom died, and two of whom were killed due to overcrowded conditions.

Alpha Blondy, the closing act at Parkpop, The Hague, Netherlands, took place on June 27, 2010. He recalled Snoop Dogg and Beenie Man.

Blondy has also had a huge influence on other African reggae artists, such as Isma'l Isaac.

Jonathan Wilson, a singer/songwriter from Brisbane, released the song "Alpha Blondy Was King" on his album "Shift."

The Roots Reggae Library, a library that was launched in January 2015, had an Alpha Blondy version with interpretations and translations of songs in all languages, as well as in Dioula.