The first son in a family with nine children, Seydou Koné was born in Dimbokro Côte d'Ivoire, 1953. Alpha was raised by his grandmother, and his memories as a child were all filled with happy years. Carrying the first name of his grandfather, his grandmother always joked that Alpha was her "small husband". Growing with his grandmother, Alpha learned the local Dioula culture and norms. One of his memorable lessons as a child was the importance of speaking the truth and not lying, for the consequences of lying were dire.
After various TV shows for Kassi, in the early '80s, he recorded his first single, Brigidier Sabari. Blondy recorded his first solo album in 1983, entitled 'Jah Glory'. However, by the time of the album's release, he was not able to share the joy with his cherished grandmother; she had passed away. This album was to have enormous success and would become later a symbol of resistance, because of the song 'Brigadier Sabari', where Alpha criticized the harassment of the police. Alpha Blondy became a big star in Abidjan, with his own African twist of Reggae music, becoming, in the eyes of his fans, 'the Bob Marley of West Africa'. Having found success with his music in Europe, Alpha went to Paris in 1984, to make his second album, 'Cocody Rock'.
Ivorian reggae star and UNOCI's Messenger of Peace, Alpha Blondy (with microphone and in dark jacket) and Charles Blegoude, leader of the Young Patriots (right of Alpha Blondy with a cap), along with other youth leaders call for calm and denounce violence on the eve of UN Security Council resolutions concerning the stalled peace process in Côte d'Ivoire. Picture taken in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, 30 October 2006.
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