Oct 7, 2014

RhoDeo 1440 Roots

Hello, as more countries are starting to drop some bombs on black flags the errorists decided to outsmart those silly pilots by planting flags on every cowshed they pass, it will turn out to be a war of attrition who will run out first --the errorists of black cloth or the opposition on bombs... Seriously if they want to defeat ISIL they need to control all road traffic from the air-defacto bombing anything that moves- i don't see that happen, maybe the French will send their foreign legion, that might strike some fear into those ISIL coward hearts.

Calling himself an African Rasta, today's artist  for the third and final week creates Jah-centered anthems promoting morality, love, peace, and social consciousness. With a range that moves from sensitivity to rage over injustice, much of his music empathizes with the impoverished and those on society's fringe. He is also a staunch supporter of African unity, and to this end, he sings to Moslem audiencess in Hebrew and sings in Arabic to Israelis. ... N'joy

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Hailing from the Cote d'Ivoire, Alpha Blondy is among the world's most popular reggae artists. With his 12-piece band Solar System, Blondy offers a reggae beat with a distinctive African cast. Calling himself an African Rasta, Blondy creates Jah-centered anthems promoting morality, love, peace, and social consciousness. With a range that moves from sensitivity to rage over injustice, much of Blondy's music empathizes with the impoverished and those on society's fringe. Blondy is also a staunch supporter of African unity, and to this end, he sings to Moslem audiencess in Hebrew and sings in Arabic to Israelis. Some of his best-known songs include "Cocody Rock," "Jerusalem," and "Apartheid Is Nazism."

He was born a member of the Jula tribe in Dimbokoro and named Seydou Kone, after his grandfather. His grandmother, Cherie Coco, raised him. He was always a rebellious child and for this, Coco named him "Blondy," her unique pronunciation of the word "bandit." When he started performing professionally, he took on the name Alpha (the first letter in the Greek alphabet) so his name literally translates to "first bandit." Though he grew up listenting to African folkloric music such as yagba and gumbe, his primary musical influences were such Western bands as Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and soul artists like Otis Redding. Later Bob Marley's music tremendously affected Blondy. Though he wanted to become a musician, his family expected him to become a respectable English teacher. He studied English at Hunter College in New York, and later in the Columbia University American Language Program. Outside of class, he would play music in Central Park and in Harlem clubs where occasionally house bands would let him sing his Bob Marley covers in French, English, and various West African languages. One night, record producer Clive Hunt heard Blondy sing and invited him to record six songs. Unfortunately, Hunt absconded with the tape. Shortly afterward, he returned to the Ivory Coast, where he was arrested for threatening the ambassador at the New York Ivorian embassy because the diplomat felt that Blondy's English was too good for him to be an Ivorian native. While at the police station, Blondy's temper again flared and he slapped a policeman (after the cop slapped him first). He spent a week in jail and then stayed briefly at th Bingerville Asylum in Abidjan, where he was declared reasonably sane and released. Soon afterward, he began honing his songwriting and performing skills. Later, he dedicated an album to the patients of Bingerville.

Blondy got his big break from friend Fulgence Kass, an employee of Ivory Coast Television who helped him land a spot on the Premiere Chance talent show. Singing three of his own tunes plus Burning Spear's "Christopher Columbus," the young artist was a hit with the audience. Blondy then hooked up with producer G. Benson who recorded his eight-song debut album Jah Love in a single day. The most popular song, "Brigadier Sabari," was an account of Blondy's run-in with an Abidjan police street raid in which he was nearly beaten to death. It was the first time a West African artist had dared to mention random police brutality in public. After releasing the album, he and the newly formed Solar System band signed to EMI. They recorded his second album, Cocody Rock, in Paris in 1984. Later he returned to Tuff Gong to record his third album, Jerusalem (1986). By the release of his 1987 album Revolution, Blondy had established himself as an international artist. Three years before he had been voted the number one artist by a Radio France international poll. His popularity continues to grow, and he continues steadily releasing albums. His 1992 album, Masada, was released in over 50 countries around the world and went double gold in France. Yitzhak Rabin followed in 1998; Paris Percy appeared in spring 2001. Although it was recorded in 1999, the album Elohim appeared in 2002 in Europe and three years later in America. The career-spanning Akwaba: The Very Best of Alpha Blondy was also released in 2005.

Blondy was named as United Nations Ambassador of Peace for Cote D’Ivoire in 2005 and continuously remains dedicated to his humanitarian efforts through his charitable foundation Alpha Blondy Jah Glory. His mission is to eradicate generational poverty by providing grass roots social programs that are beneficial to the lives of underprivileged children and women from villages within Africa and Haiti.

The foundation’s remarkable programs are Tafari Genesis Retreat Camp and the Micro Loan Program.It provides training and financing as little as $50.00 U.S. dollars to assist women who have become head of households to manage, operate, and start their own businesses. Overall, Alpha Blondy empowers communities to become self sufficient by learning and utilizing basic skills. This concept generates opportunities for many women to maintain their integrity, rebuild confidence as well as provide for their families.

"Jah Victory" and was released July 2007. It features Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare as well as Tyrone Downie formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers. "Victory" is in honor of the peace agreement that was reached and implemented in his country in March 2007. Then in 2011 Vision was released it got great reviews whiich must have invigorated him because 2 years later to celebrate his sixtieth year on this globe "Mystic Power" saw the light. It should not be passed over by fans of rootsy rocking reggae, his wonderful voice still complements his thought-provoking lyrics.

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Côte d'Ivoire-native Alpha Blondy has probably reached more fans internationally than any other reggae artist. That his Jamaican-based style is also heavily infused with African elements certainly helps with mass appreciation worldwide, especially on his own continent and in Europe. Further bolstering his wide appeal, Blondy sings in French, English, and his native tongue. Masada, his eighth release since debuting in 1982, bears the sunny roots sound heard on most of his albums. Ranging from the pop of "Masada" and "Rendezvous" (all chipper horns and electronic percussion) to the Burning Spear-inspired weight of "Houphouet Yako," the album makes clear Blondy's debt to Bob Marley by way of rebel-roots tracks such as "Peace in Liberia" and a "Redemption Song"-like "Papa Bakoye" (Blondy memorializes Marley directly on "Mystic Night Move"). The most impressive thing here, though, is how Blondy creates very original backdrops by seamlessly incorporating West African touches into the reggae-centric songs. Maybe not the heaviest of reggae artists, Alpha Blondy still has created some of the most appealing and righteous Rasta sounds in the last decade.

Alpha Blondy - Masada  (flac  385mb)

01 Masada 5:00
02 Multipartisme (Médiocratie) 4:15
03 Rendez-Vous 3:30
04 God Is One 4:10
05 Yéyé 4:27
06 Desert Storm 4:23
07 Houphouet Yako 3:38
08 Peace In Liberia 3:43
09 Papa Bakoye 4:31
10 Les Chiens 3:31
11 Sciences Sans Conscience 4:08
12 Fulgence Kassy 3:48
13 Ca Me Fait Si Mal 3:45
14 Mystic Night Move 4:00

Alpha Blondy - Masada   (ogg 129mb)

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Alpha Blondy storms back with his best release since Apartheid Is Nazism. Nothing much has changed stylistically for Blondy, as he is still able to pound out throbbing, international reggae laced with sharp messages of peace, love, and universality. Perhaps in an attempt to avoid some of the experimental failures which plagued other albums, Yitzhak Rabin was recorded at the Tuff Gong studios in Kingston, Jamaica and accompanying vocals were provided by the I-Threes. "Saraka" is an immediate standout, complete with characteristically majestic horns, a feral flute hook, and, of course, Blondy and the I-Threes' mellifluous vocals. These same elements combine seamlessly throughout the entire album and leave great music in their wake. "Bakoroni" and "Les Imbeciles" are other great examples of Blondy at his best. Even the weak ballad "Les Armes de Therese" is saved by his gritty vocals. While Yitzhak Rabin can't be considered a step forward for Blondy, it is a graceful step back to what made him an international star.

Alpha Blondy - Yitzhak Rabin  (flac  344mb)

01 New Dawn 4:20
02 Yitzhak Rabin 5:15
03 Assine Mafia 4:48
04 Les Imbéciles 3:51
05 Armée Française 4:38
06 Hypocrites 3:50
07 Guerre Civile 4:25
08 Saraka 4:07
09 Les Larmes De Thérèse 3:27
10 Lalogo 4:40
11 Maïmouna 4:15
12 Bakôrôni 4:19

Alpha Blondy - Yitzhak Rabin   (ogg 123mb)

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The original Elohim cover displayed Blondy as a righteous, cross-carrying warrior, but ignore the post-concert, shoved-in-the-corner singer here and you're in for an excellent -- sometimes chilling -- set of conscious lyrics with breezy music. There are no surprises here: He still specializes in an aggressively old-school approach to the music, his sound dominated by horns, female backing vocals, and real drums, guitar, and bass. His voice is nasal and piercing, but not unpleasantly so, and he writes good melodies that are not quite enough to stick in the head permanently but are strong enough to hold your attention. "The Devil's Tail" is up there with his best, "Take No Prisoner" is tougher than tough, and "Black Samourai" became the man's anthem. To Shanachie's credit, Elohim is 80 percent in French and the label does an excellent job of translating the lyrics for the booklet. Elohim is hardly the first reggae album to be brought down a peg by sterile production, but it makes you pine harder than usual for what could have been.

Alpha Blondy - Elohim  (flac  364mb)

01 Black Samouri 4:36
02 Haridjinan 4:23
03 Les Voleurs De La République 4:20
04 Dictature 4:16
05 La Queue Du Diable 4:49
06 Journalistes En Danger (Démocrature) 4:10
07 When I Need You 4:36
08 Djeneba 4:35
09 Sabotage 4:00
10 Take No Prisoner (Cannibalistic) 4:40
11 Lune De Miel (Honeymoon) 3:53
12 Waïkiki Rock 4:33
13 Petini Go Gaou 4:33
14 Mônin 4:11

Alpha Blondy - Elohim  (ogg 140mb)

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