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He formed a band in high school, but this affected his schooling and he was expelled for poor attendance. His parents sent him to study English in Monrovia , the capital city of Liberia , in He spent thirteen months there and then moved to the United States to improve his English. Seydou was involved in multiple altercations and returned to the Ivory Coast , where he got into more trouble until he met one of his childhood friends, Fulgence Kassi, who had become a noted television producer.
This was the beginning of his real career as a musician, and he began to use the name "Alpha Blondy". This album was to have enormous success and would become later a symbol of resistance because of the song "Brigadier Sabari," which documents his experience of being arrested in Abidjan in the s and his subsequent mistreatment by the police.