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Alpha Blondy – Rasta Poué

This biography of a living person alpha Blondy – Rasta Poué additional citations for verification. First son of a family of eight children, Seydou Koné was raised by his grandmother, growing up in what he described as “among elders”, which later was to have a big impact on his career.

In 1962, Alpha Blondy went to join his father in Odienné, where he spent ten years, attended Sainte Elisabeth High School, and was involved in the Ivory Coast students movement. In 1974, Seydou moved to New York where he majored in English at Hunter College, and later in the Columbia University American Language Program because he wanted to be a teacher. This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. After various TV shows for Kassi, Blondy recorded his first solo album in 1982, entitled Jah Glory. This album was to have enormous success and would become later a symbol of resistance because of the song “Brigadier Sabari,” which documents his experience of being arrested in Abidjan in the 1980s and his subsequent mistreatment by the police. Soon, the fame of Alpha Blondy spread to Europe.

Following the success of an EP entitled Rasta Poué, he went to Paris in 1984 to make his second album, Cocody Rock, with the label Pathe Marconi. Back home in 1985, Blondy went into the studio to record “Apartheid is Nazism”, a call for the end of apartheid. Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica, again with The Wailers featuring legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett. 89 giving concerts and recording SOS Guerre Tribale in Abidjan.

This was promoted by Blondy himself, as he was distancing himself from Pathe Marconi at this stage. At the beginning of 1993, worn out from a world tour, Blondy succumbed to depression and was taken into an institution for psychiatric help. Heal Me”, about his illness and recovery. Blondy’s psychiatric treatment continued but on 10 December 1994, he was back with the festival in memory of President Houphouet, and later he made his European comeback at a storming concert at Le Zenith in Paris.

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