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Alpha Blondy & The Solar System
20 July @ 9:30 pm
The most influential African reggae artist, the legendary Alpha Blondy, comes for the first time in Kavala for one and only appearance at the city’s Fortress.
He’s the best-known French-speaking reggae singer, but that doesn’t stop him also expressing himself in the language of his roots, Dioula, as well as the language of Bob Marley, English. A range of spices that colour an art, and especially a message, which is good, as its purpose is to speak to as many people as possible.
On the circuit for almost forty years, he began playing in the second half of the 1970s in the United States and recorded his first hits the following decade in Cote d’Ivoire: “Cocody Rock”, “Apartheid Is Nazism”, “Jerusalem”… With almost twenty studio albums to his credit, Alpha Blondy has been touring the world since then and primarily defends a certain vision of music. That of a magical interlude that lets us point out the evils of our time to build a better one.
As commander of African groove, as he’s often portrayed, Alpha Blondy is only about love and peace. At 65 years old and wearing it well, he’s not ready to retire yet. “I would have liked to sing romantic songs, but my ghetto origins wouldn’t let me. Instead, giving and receiving love is what drives me, in my music as well as in my life. And as long as God gives me strength, I’ll be there.”
Let’s hope it never ends.