Written by Joe Raposo
Date 1987
Publisher Jonico Music, Inc.
First Episode 2360
Sesame Street African Alphabet

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 in two different season 19 inserts, both involving the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

One version was performed by 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. Kermit recites a short story in which each word begins with a consecutive letter of the alphabet as they are sung.

Another version of the song was performed by Paul Simon Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a capella style. This version omits the story verse. (First: Episode 2431)

A worm parody of the group, "Wormsmith Black Mambazo," later sang the song in Episode 3448.


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



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