His real name is Sedou Kone, but he changed it to Alpha Blondy, which means “First Bandit.” Reason being is he was known as being a rebellious soul. I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to think when I first heard the name Alpha Blondy, nor what to expect from the album titled Cocody Rock.
Blondy sings in Dioula, English, French, Arabic and Hebrew. So put this voice with the sound of the international 12-piece band, called The Solar System. You have one heck of sound. I defiantly agree that the name fits this ensemble.
Alpha Blondy and The Solar Systems breaks it down with Jah Anthems promoting Love, Peace and Social Consciousness. Did I mention that Alpha Blondy is a strong supporter of African Unity? He’s truly an African Rasta.
Blondy has a wide variety of musical influences with bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Hendrix and of course soul artists like the one and only Otis Redding. Robert Nesta Marley made an impact on Alpha Blondy when the Reggae vibe hit. And if you’re a true Reggae fan, then you can figure that the rest speaks for itself.
I wonder what it would be like to be able to hang out with this true African Rasta. Thank goodness I got a chance to ask someone who knows someone that knows what they’re like. Okay, so he was a bit closer—he’s gotten the chance to check out the live shows, and he knows what’s up.
“It has been 14 years since this amazing soul has graced Maui with his spiritual energy,” said Jonathan Mack, the show’s promoter. “Alpha Blondy is the classiest Reggae act I have every seen. His band The Solar System, especially the horn section ads so much energy, they ad a twist of French mixed with Reggae Music. It’s a must-see. Everyone in this band brings a unique presence that could be felt in a room. Alpha defiantly showcases, love for life, music and culture. This Alpha Blondy show will be a blessing in the life of all music lovers.”
So there it is. Go check out this amazing soul. It has been too long, and now is definitely the time for “One Love.” Oh, and special guests include Dawn Penn, Levi Mayers, Oshen, Humble Soul and Ekolu.
Sunday, 4 p.m. Maui Arts And Cultural Center, Kahului
Tickets: Adv $25, Gate $30