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Written by Joe Raposo
Date 1987
Publisher Jonico Music, Inc.
EKA Episode 2404
Sesame Street African Alphabet01:57

Sesame Street African Alphabet

Kermit and the Anything Muppets sing "African Alphabet."


Live-action version with Paul Simon.

"African Alphabet" is a Sesame Street song performed by Kermit the Frog and a group of Anything Muppets, made up of five different patterns: Fat Blue, Lavender, Pumpkin, Purple, and Reddish Magenta. The creatures of the savanna, including numerous frogs and birds, sing along as well. The sum of all their voices together is supplied by the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Rather than simply recounting the letters of the alphabet, the song tells a short story in which each word begins with a consecutive letter of the alphabet.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo also performed the song s themselves on-screen, with special guest Paul Simon. Only this time, the story lyric is cut completely.(EKA: Episode 2480)

A worm parody of the group, "Wormsmith Black Mambazo," sang the song in a 1996 episode.


  • The Paul Simon version was taped on May 4, 1987 and was directed by Jon Stone.



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