- Released: June 25, 2002
- Label: Shanachie
Q - 9/02, p.1013 stars out of 5
- "...An amiable album...His fresh songwriting and reedy voice are still rare and reliable..."
- 1.War - (featuring Saian Supa Crew)
- 2.Who Are You - (featuring Ophelie Winter)
- 3.Quitte Dans Ca
- 4.Souroukou Logo
- 5.God Bless Africa
- 6.Zoukefiez Moi Ca - (featuring Bibi Den's)
- 7.Ato Afri Loue
- 9.Hey Jack
- 11.Si On M'Avait Dit
- 12.Le Feu
Personnel includes: Alpha Blondy, Saian Supa Crew, Ophelie Winter, Bibi Den's (vocals); Mad Mohamed (guitar); Hakim Hamadouche (oud); Frederic Moreau (violin); Robin Deffiyes (cello); Jorge Arjona (panpipes); Philippe Slominski, Alain Hatot (brass); Ras Tea (keyboards); Abou Bass (bass); Charles Lalibe (drums); Koro Abou Ouatt (percussion); Michael Lorentz (programming).
Recorded at Studio Harryson, Paris, France.
MERCI was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album.
Adapter: Alpha Blondy.
Personnel: Alpha Blondy (vocals); Bibi Den's, Oph‚lie Winter, Saian Supa Crew, Samuel (vocals); Julie Mourillon (guitar); Patrick Rondat (acoustic guitar); Hakim Hamadouche (oud); Fr‚d‚ric Moreau (violin); Alain Hatot (saxophone); Phillipe Slominski (trumpet); Jacques Bolognesi (trombone); Michel Lorentz (programming).
Recording information: Studio Harryson, Paris, France.
Arranger: Boncana Ma‹ga.
In addition to being Alpha Blondy's first recording in four years, MERCI also commemorates 20 years of being an international reggae star. Eschewing any hint of dancehall trappings. Blondy instead utilizes live instrumentation and robust vocal arrangements layered over bubbling keyboards and springy bass. Keeping to his trademark multi-lingual style, this native of the Ivory Coast easily moves between the French of the brassy and bright "Zoukefiez-Moi" and the English of the Ziggy-like "Who Are You." Other highlights include the ethereal "Le Feu," snappy "Zoukefiez Moi Ca" (featuring Bibi Den's) and horn-driven "Politruc." Always a fan of western music, Blondie also includes a pair of interesting interpretations: a loping reworking of Free's "All Right Now" entitled "Hey Jack" and "War!," an infectious cover of The O'Jay's "For the Love of Money" that works an irresistible groove and features contributions by French toasters Saian Supa Crew.