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ARTIST
TITLE
Black System
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 1091CD STCD 1091CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/30/2015

2000 release. Ismaël Isaac was a 15-year-old growing up in a densely-populated lower-working-class district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, when Bob Marley died in 1981, and it was a defining moment for him; that was when, he recalls, "reggae became, de facto, a genre of African music." It was also when an older neighbor who called himself Alpha Blondy started singing reggae songs in local languages. And that's when Isaac made up his mind to be a reggae singer himself. With little more than faith in his talent, he managed to get himself on Ivorian radio and television and soon on records. Black System is his seventh album and his strongest. Listening to this, one might be convinced that reggae has been African music forever.