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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 initially performed by Paul Simon and the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo in season 18. (EKA: Episode 2480)

The following season, the song was remade with Kermit the Frog and a group of Anything Muppets (voiced by Ladysmith Black Mambazo), 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. This version adds an extra verse by Kermit, who recites a short story in which each word begins with a consecutive letter of the alphabet as they are sung.

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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