African Reggae Star Alpha Blondy Confronts Political Realities On Elohim

New York City, USA – The issues that plague The Ivory Coast and other African
nations are prominent on
‘s latest CD, Elohim, a wide-ranging set of classic Marley-esque
reggae that showcases Alpha to be as vital as ever. Some artists raise political
and social issues in their songs but Alpha Blondy the most popular international
reggae star since Bob Marley, confronts them in real life as well as his music. With his beloved homeland, The Ivory Coast shattered by civil war and facing
potential disintegration, Alpha has attempted to act as an honest broker between
various factions in the country. It’s dangerous work but Alpha is driven to see
peace and justice prevail. Despite the fact that he has been jailed before, he
still chooses to uses his music as a vehicle for positive change. “Machine
guns sing louder than me
,” he has noted “but if we don’t find a quick
solution now…we’ll be talking about a war that will last maybe twenty years or

Elohim, Alpha Blondy’s eighth recording on Shanachie, features his
sinuous reedy vocals on a compelling set of originals that deal with the
struggles and sobering realities of life and themes of love. Such songs as
“Journalists En Danger,” “Take No Prisoner” (which deals with the slaughter in
Sudan, “Dictature (Dictator)” and “Les Voleurs De La Republique (Thieves Of The
Republic)” pull no punches. In typical Alpha Blondy fashion, the mesmerizing
performer sings in multiple languages including French, English and Jula [also
spelled Dyula, Dyoula, Diula, Dioula, Djula]. His passionate and dynamic vocals
manage to convey great meaning and spirit in any language he chooses to sing.

Alpha’s playful side is displayed on compositions like the lighthearted
“Waikiki Rock,” which is no doubt a play on his massive hit, “Cocody Rock.” The
catchy song references Hawaii, a place where Alpha has always had a fervent
following (one of his early albums outsold Michael Jackson there in its early
weeks of release). As always Alpha Blondy’s backed by a super-tight cast of
top-flight musicians drawn from Africa Europe and The Caribbean.



Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.