Singer Alpha Blondy was in Israel this week for the Zion Reggae Festival. Arutz Sheva met Blondy in Tel Aviv where talked about his deep connection with the land. "My family and I, we are so excited to be in Israel. It's a high spiritual level," he said. Blondy was born in the Ivory Coast as Seydou Koné to a Muslim mother and Christian father. Among his popular songs are Jerusalem and Masada, in which he sings in Hebrew. He has also composed such songs as Apartheid Is Nazism, Black Men Tears and other tracks that deal with various religions and world conflict. "There is no rational explanation that I can give you for why I love Israel," Blondy commented. "Why did I come to Israel the first time [in the 1980s]?
Rastaman Alpha Blondy will be bringing his personal ethos of love, hope and peace to the capital as he headlines the Zion Reggae Fest in Sacher Park. With album and song titles like Jerusalem, Elohim, "Yitzhak Rabin" and Masada, it’s clear that African reggae artist Alpha Blondy has got Israel on his mind. Known as the "Bob Marley of Africa," the Ivory Coast native has been enamored with Israel since visiting the country for the first time in 1985. "I was welcomed like an old friend – I got to visit Jerusalem and Masada, and it touched my heart," said the 58-year-old African rasta from his home in Abidjan last week.