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Musician of the Week: Ballake Sissoko

2014-10-15 10:49:07

We are pleased to present this week Paris-based Malian musician Ballake Sissoko. Balloke, who needs no introduction among most francophone West Africans, plays the Kora, an ancient harp, with 21 strings that produces a soothing kind of music.
Ballake, like most traditional West African musicians, comes from a long line of Kora playing griots or traditional singers and oral historians.
The griots are in fact a special group of musicians who hand over their skills from father to son (...)

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Ebola: Port Loko, Bombali, Moyamba Quarantined

25 September

Transcript of Broadcast to the Nation on Further Measures to End the Ebola Outbreak.
By His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.
September 24, 2014.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
From Friday September 19 to Sunday September 21, 2014, we all answered to the call to stay at home for the Ebola Ose to Ose Campaign. Thousands of Sierra Leoneans volunteered to pass on the messages, to coordinate activities, and provide logistics. Thousands of health workers, from doctors to nurses, lab (...)

Atlanta, USA: Ebola Rally September 26, 2014

25 September

Due to the current state of affairs of the Ebola epidemic killing our people in West Africa, World Health Organization, indicated that at least 2,630 of our people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people. This is uncontrollable spreading through Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea also into Nigeria and Senegal.
From the latest report from World Health Organization there could be 20,000 cases by Nov. 2, 2014 with thousands of (...)

Ebola Horror Story

23 September

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was first published by the Daily Observer, Liberia’s leading newspaper. We are publishing it here not because we totally agree with what the author, Dr. Cyril Broderick (photo), a Liberian scientist, asserts. We don’t at the moment.That’s why we call it an opinion. We however believe publishing it will intensify the debate among Sierra Leoneans and others as to the true origins of the Ebola Virus Disease. See below for a summary of (...)

Amazonian Director Praised

23 September

By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko.
The adage that says a friend in need is a friend indeed has once again been actualised for the inhabitants in homes that have been quarantined for Ebola related cases. As you may be aware by now, many homes around the country have been quarantined in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. It implies that such groups of people are compelled to stay within their premises for up to a period of 21 days. It is therefore an open secret that anyone who faces such a (...)

Musicians of the Week: Led Zeppelin

by Gibril Koroma - 15 September

I recently discovered Led Zeppelin, the English rock brand of the 60s and 70s purely by chance or accident. I went into this Vancouver (my current home base) record store, one sunny Saturday afternoon, to look for some original record to add to my collection (I love music and suspect I was a musician in another life or incarnation but that is neither here nor there).
Anyway, I ended up chatting with this store clerk that started talking about Bob Marley and rapidly segued to giving a (...)

Musician of the Week: Tiken Jah Fakoly

by Gibril Koroma - 2 September

Whenever West African reggae musicians are being discussed two names will almost surely come up: Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly of Cote d’Ivoire. Of these two talented musicians Alpha Blondy is better known worldwide mainly because some of his songs are in English, the "Super Power" among the world’s languages while Jah Fakoly sings mainly in his native Dioula language or French. Alpha also sings in Dioula and other languages but his songs in English and the fact that he (...)

"Ebola outbreak could exceed 20,000 cases"-WHO

by Gibril Koroma - 29 August

The World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General, Bruce Aylward (photo), told reporters today in Geneva that the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa could eventually exceed 20, 000 cases if the current trend continues.
According to an Associated Press report quoted by The Huffington Post newspaper, 10,000 people are likely to die as a worst case scenario. Ebola, the report went on, has already killed 1552 people in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, (...)

NOSLINA Contributes to Ebola Relief Efforts

29 August

The Board of Directors and Directorate of the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) announced in a press release Thursday August 28 that approximately 4,750 pounds (a total of 9 skids, weighing between 425 and 785 pounds each) of urgently needed materials to combat the deadly EBOLA virus in Sierra Leone are scheduled to arrive on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Freetown’s Lungi International airport.
The items are being transported to Sierra Leone from the (...)

Sorious Samura’s new Al Jazeera documentar​y investigat​es the battle for Africa

26 August

“When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.”
African proverb
The Battle For Africa, the first in a two-part People & Power investigation into the effects of China’s increasing influence in Africa, premieres on Al Jazeera on Thursday, 28 August 2014.
Emmy-winning Sierra Leonean journalist Sorious Samura (pictured) travels to Kenya, to witness how the rise of Chinese business in Africa has changed the balance of power between African governments and the (...)

Sierra Leone Embassy in Germany steps up efforts to fight Ebola

23 August

By Umaru S. Jah, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone embassy, Germany.
As efforts to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continue to gain momentum and urgency, the Embassy of Sierra Leone in the Federal Republic of Germany has assembled compatriots and friends of Sierra Leone to map out strategies on how they could contribute to the fight against the deadly virus.
On Sunday August 17, a well attended church service was held at the United Brethren in Christ Church (UBC) in (...)

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Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)


Sierra Leonean Women and the Ebola Pandemc

By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson.* As the dreaded ebola virus disease (EVD) ravages across West Africa with a vengeance, afflicting young and old with merciless impunity, it is unfortunate to note (...)