Alpha Blondy Apartheid Is Nazism on LP
Alpha Blondy's upbringing is as rich and diverse as his music. Hailing from the Ivory Coast, Blondy was born to a Muslim mother and a Christian father and brought up by a grandmother who taught him to love everyone. He always raised awareness about social injustice and aimed to promote unity in his lyrics and in real life, which eventually led him to become the Ambassador for Peace for the UNESCO, NATO and CEDEAO.
The singer grew up listening to African folkloric music, but was influenced by American bands like Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Otis Redding. He was introduced to Bob Marley's music when he moved to New York to study English at Hunter College and in Columbia University's American Language Program.
Blondy's third album, Apartheid is Nazism, released in 1985, was a militant anthem which demanded an end to apartheid and freedom for all. Apartheid is Nazism also featured a number of softer dub tracks such as "Come Back Jesus" - which found Blondy exploring a new mystical vein.