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Alpha Blondy: comparing Africa to Europe like asking child to run like Bolt

By Txell Escolà / Nairobi / With 22 albums under his belt and a recording career that spans almost forty years, Ivorian reggae legend Alpha Blondy is a staunch defender of the African continent and says it should not be compared to Europe.

The 66-year-old musician has always used music to create political art and his aim through his music is to spread a message of unity, Blondy told Efe in an interview.

“Music is a medication, music is a spiritual lifting, music is the mission God gave me to spread the mission of peace, of love, of unity, of hope that’s what I’m doing.”

The artist was in Nairobi headlining the Koroga Festival where he wowed audiences with an electrifying concert Sunday.

There is a running thread throughout Blondy’s repertoire of messages of peace and spirituality prevalent even in his early material such as Apartheid is Nazism (1985) – an album that denounced racial segregation in South Africa – or Jerusalem (1986) – a call to religious unity.

“The ally of the African continent is time and time belongs to God.

“We should not always compare Africa to Europe.

“It’s like telling a four-year-old boy that he can run like Usain Bolt,” the artist told Efe.

Blondy’s positive energy extends to his hopes for Africa.

“Africa is Africa the cradle of mankind, and Africa will save mankind, something is telling me that Africa will save mankind,” he mused.

But despite his optimistic outlook for the continent, he was also quick to denounce the spike in racially motivated attacks that have gripped South Africa in recent months.

Those responsible are “idiots” who do not understand Nelson Mandela’s message, he said.

Before his music career took off, Blondy planned on becoming an English teacher and moved the New York as a young man to learn the language.

Whilst in the United States he discovered the reggae band Burning Spear, an encounter that changed the course of his life.

But he was forced to return to the Ivory Coast when a bout of depression struck.

After two years under the radar, he took part in a television talent contest which led to his first record launch, Jah Glory, in 1983.

It wasn’t long before he became a reggae star in Western Africa and later Europe.

“Reggae music has become a language that frustrated people, poor people that people all over the world have used as a communication tool as a vehicle to express their frustration or their love or their hopes,” Blondy said.

His big hope for the African music scene is one label for the continent.

“I hope there will be a major African record company that will distribute throughout the continent and the world, African music”. (September 23, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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