Three years after the release of his last album Jah Victory Alpha Blondy presented his new one “Vision” in summer 2011. Alpha Blondy, whose civil name is Seydou Koné, was born in the Ivory Coast in 1953. In 2002, celebrating his 20th anniversary as a musician, he released the album “Merci” which gained him a nomination for the grammy awards.
As characteristic for Blondy, the lyrics of the songs of the new album Vision deal with politics, society and morals. All of them are covered by his famous Reggae sound that is full of energy and joy.
Vocally, Blondy is supported by a choir and typical West African instruments, such as the Kora, a type of harp, which is played with both hands. This mixture creates the typical Alpha Blondy sound of original African reggae.
In his song Rasta Bourgeois Blondy sings about the predominant problem of many Africans: poverty. Tu Mens criticizes many politicians that are telling lies as soon as they open their mouths and Vuvuzela tackles the serious topic HIV and AIDS and warns people to take precautionary measures.
With his album Vision Alpha Blondy returns to the reggae sound of the 1980s. His lyrics reflect upon contemporary problems in an honest and unsparing way. Blondy’s music encourages contemplation and presents a way of relaxation. His new album comes in a special edition with a second CD full of talented roots musicians from the Ivory Coast. It is highly recommendable.