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Akwaba: The Very Best of Alpha Blondy Import

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Audio CD, Import, September 13, 2005
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Akwaba, meaning 'welcome', is the new hits collection from African rock/reggae star Alpha Blondy. This collection, which replaces a previous collection released in 2001, charts his 25 year career and includes his collaborations with The Wailers and UB40, plus new versions of songs such as 'Cocody Rock', 'Sweet Fanta Diallo' (Sweet Sweet) and 'Ya Fohi' (Yana de Fohi) recorded with contemporary R&B and hip-hop artists from Europe and Africa as well as original versions of hits such as 'Jerusalem', 'Masada', 'Brigadier' and 'Sabar'. 16 tracks. EMI. 2005.

1. Sweet Sweet
2. Brigadier Sabari
3. Yana De Fohi
4. Apartheid Is Nazism
5. Cocody Rock Remix
6. Jerusalem
7. Banana Poyo
8. Black Samourai
9. Rasta Poue
10. Travailler C'est Trop Dur
11. Rendez Vous
12. Assinie Mafia
13. Masada
14. Wari
15. Young Guns
16. Sweet Fanta Diallo

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI France
  • ASIN: B0007DAZLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you have any love for Jamaican music you've got to get this album as a starting point for developing an appreciation of this artist. I'd bought a CD lot of Reggae discs and of the 12 total, this was the stand-out gem of the bunch. The tracks skirt the line between world music and traditional Reggae, since AB recorded with the Wailers, but incorporates some African precussions. Not as soulful as Toots, or as accessable to the masses as Marley, AB fits nicely in any reggae collection when you need some get up and dance and forget about your cares music. Don't be fooled by the name though, Alpha is boss to get you on your feet. As far as I'm concerned, AB is right up there with the Jamaican legends, bringing much flavor to your next party.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is melodious and smooth. It starts off with a pop kind of tune, but it gets more deep as the CD progresses. It is the kind of album that builds momentum as it goes along. It makes you yearn to know exactly what he's talking about, because he has such passion behind his lyrics. The last three songs are classics, and can be played over and over again without getting tired. This is a must have for any collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald B. Johnson on March 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Alpha Blondy is without a doubt the best reggae artist on the scene today with the possible exception of Bob Marley. His sound is well produced and smooth and if you can't up off yer arse and dance to this, brother you can't dance. My only criticism of this album is that there are so many other songs that were left off, several of them real standouts. The CD should have at least 20 or so songs on it. Oh well, can't have it all. So where is Volume 2 then?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peijae on January 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the perfect mix of decent Alpha Blonde stuff, recommended for new and old fans alike. If you need only one album, i would say this is the one =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine Woods on April 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Get any of his music and you will fall in love with it. Keep It Up Alpha Blondy.
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By Estee on June 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good songs by Alpha Blondy. It has a good number of Alpha's old school songs - classics, of course. Most of the songs could be viewed on YouYube. Alpha also performed some of the songs in concerts both in Africa and overseas.
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