5 November 2013
BBC journalist Christopher Mark Doyle has taken the oath of allegiance as a citizen of Sierra Leone through Naturalization. The ceremony took place at the State Lodge, Hill Station, Freetown.
President Koroma called on him to take the message of the new Sierra Leone far and wide, although he was not expecting him to act now as a Sierra Leonean journalist.
"I urge you to work within the ambit of the laws of Sierra Leone and be law abiding at all times", President Koroma said, adding that (...)
28 October 2013
Chiwoniso Maraire (5 March 1976 – 24 July 2013) was a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter, and exponent of Zimbabwean mbira music. She was the daughter of Zimbabwean mbira player and teacher Dumisani Maraire (and former officer in the Zimbabwe Ministry of Sports and Culture in the early 1980s). Describing the mbira, an instrument traditionally used by male musicians, she said, "[it] is like a large xylophone. It is everywhere in Africa under different names: sanza, kalimba, etc. For us in (...)
23 October 2013
Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian recording artist, rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing several mixtapes before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
Drake’s EP, So Far Gone (2009), spawned the hit (...)
17 October 2013
Kanda Bongo Man (born 1955 in Inongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo) is a Congolese soukous musician.
Kanda Bongo Man became the singer for Orchestra Belle Mambo in 1973, developing a sound influenced by Tabu Ley. His solo career only started to take off after moving to Paris in 1979, where his music started to incorporate elements of then-vibrant zouk music (originating in the French West Indies). His first solo albums, "Iyole" in 1981 and "Djessy" in 1982, were hits.
He is known for (...)
13 October 2013
Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American actor, businessman, and singer-songwriter. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared in the television shows Star Search and The New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as the lead singer and youngest member of the boy band ’N Sync, whose launch was financed by Lou Pearlman.
During the group’s hiatus, Timberlake released his solo studio albums Justified (2002) and (...)
8 October 2013
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Perils of Migration
The drowning of migrants off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday October 3 has, once again, focused the world’s sympathy on the victims and attention to the plight of “irregular arrivals” or migrants in the Mediterranean world. About (...)
1 October 2013
Ahmed Janka Nabay is a Sierra Leonean musician who has been a major figure in Bubu Music,Temne music from the north of Sierra Leone which is played by up to 20 musicians blowing into bamboo pipes of different sizes. Janka Nabay recorded his album in Forensic Studios in Freetown during the Sierra Leonean Civil War.
Since moving to Philadelphia in 2003, Janka Nabay has continued to play bubu music, including a performance at the CMJ College Music Marathon in New York in 2009 and 2010. In (...)
28 September 2013
Tunde Jegede (born 1972) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist in contemporary Classical, African and pop music, who was born in England and as a child travelled to Africa to learn the art of the kora. He is a producer-songwriter and has worked across several genres both as a performer (cello, kora, piano and percussion) and producer. He is a master kora player, and specializes in the West African classical music tradition which dates from the period of Sundiata. His sister is Sona (...)
28 September 2013
Statement by Honourable Dr. Samura Kamara,
Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on
Thursday, 26th September, 2013
Mr. President, Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government, Colleague Ministers, Distinguished Delegates,
I bring you sincere greetings and very best wishes from His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. President Koroma (...)
27 September 2013
For two years now President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone has been unable to travel to New York to deliver the all-important General Assembly speech at UN headquaters before the world’s leaders, diplomats and other dignitaries.
Last year the President, considered as one of the stars on the African continent, was unable to attend for unexplained reasons; this year he is indisposed due to an injury sustained at a squash match (the President is a sports enthusiast).