Alpha Blondy, the international reggae star and arguably my favorite musician, released a new album last week. I bought it off iTunes; it was only $9.99 and it has 19 songs! Not every song is a gem but it's worth the price, because if you buy it by the individual songs you'd spend more, since 11 of them are definitely worth buying. Alpha Blondy, if you don't know, is from Ivory Coast, in west Africa, and mixes African influences with reggae music, resulting in a very unique sound. He speaks many languages, and most of his songs are in French or his native language (Dioula I think it is?) but that doesn't matter because his music sounds so good anyways! I'm going to try to bring my ipod with me to Zambia, with little portable speakers and a battery powered external power source, of course with plenty of rechargeable batteries and a solar battery charger. From what I have read, reggae and rap music are very popular there, and I'm sure if the Zambian people in the village where I will be living haven't heard of Alpha Blondy yet, they will like it. Of course, this may change because I don't want to seem like I'm showing off with my fancy technology stuff, but I don't plan on bringing anything else besides a digital camera, and bringing my music would help keep me sane in an unfamiliar environment.