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Liberia Independence Day: Celebrating What?

2014-07-27 16:29:28

By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore II, USA. July 26 is the independence day of Liberia, Africa oldest republic. It is an important day in Liberia and important for Liberians in the Diaspora. As a boy over 40 years ago in Liberia, independence day was like Christmas …. and it is still viewed that way. Back then we kids went to the children’s dance on independence day. The big shots’ children would dance at the old Executive Mansion on Ashmun Street and the ordinary kids would (...)Read the full story »

Musician of the Week: Khaled

25 February
Khaled Hadj Ibrahim ( born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled, is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (Arabic for "Young Man" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title (...)

Musician of the Week: Franco Luambo

21 February
Francois Luambo Luanzo Makiadi, popularly known as Franco, was one of the greatest African musicians to come out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire under the late President Mobutu Sese Seku Waza Banga). Here is a biography of the man from the Wikipedia website: François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi (6 July 1938 – 12 October 1989) was a major figure in twentieth century Congolese music, and African music in general. He is widely referred to as Franco Luambo or, (...)

Musician of the Week: Peter Tosh

10 February
Peter Tosh, (born Winston Hubert McIntosh; 19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987) was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a core member of the band The Wailers (1963–1974), and who afterwards had a successful solo career as well as being a promoter of Rastafari. Peter Tosh was born in Grange Hill, Jamaica, and was raised by his aunt. He began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations. After a notable career with The Wailers and as a solo (...)

Musician of the Week: Michael Jackson

4 February
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist. Often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Pop", or by his initials MJ, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a (...)

Open letter to former Nigerian President Obasanjo from his daughter

1 February
Not too long ago, former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria wrote a very critical open letter to current Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in which he condemned him for bad governance, despotism and several other political sins. Well, Obasanjo’s own daughter, Iyabo (photo), who is also a politician, decided to write her father an open letter to let the world know what she called the other side of her father. It’s explosive, here it is: It brings me no joy to have to (...)

Musician of the Week: Salif Keita

27 January
Salif Keïta (born August 25, 1949) is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa" but because he has albinism and is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that under the Malian caste system, he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot’s role. Keita was born in the village of Djoliba. He was cast out by his family and (...)

Musician of the Week: Alpha Blondy

20 January
Alpha Blondy (January 1, 1953) born Seydou Koné in Dimbokro, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Many of his songs are politically motivated, and are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French and in English, though he occasionally uses other languages, for example, Arabic or Hebrew. First son of a family of 8 children, Seydou Koné was raised by his grandmother, growing up in what he described as "among elders", which later was (...)

Musician of the Week: Yuna

12 January
Yunalis Mat Zara’ai (born 14 November 1986 in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia), commercially known as Yuna, is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman. Yunalis Mat Zara’ai was born on the 14 November 1986 in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia to parents from Perak. Yuna is of Bugis descent. Her father, Dato’ Mat Za’raai is the current legal advisor of Pahang and her mother is a high school teacher. Yuna attended SMK USJ 4, where she completed her secondary (...)

Musician of the Week: Geraldo Pino

5 January
By Graeme Ewens, The Guardian, London, UK. When he appeared at the Barbican in London (May 2008), the singer, guitarist and bandleader Geraldo Pino, who died aged 69, November 10, 2008, revealed himself as one of the forgotten fathers of African popular music. He had a major influence on west Africa’s soul, funk and Afrobeat scene in the 1960s and 70s, and made a huge impression on the young Fela Kuti, yet his music had been largely unheard for the past 30 years. Born and raised as (...)

Musician of the Week: Charles Bradley

29 December 2013
Charles Bradley (born November 5, 1948) is an American funk/soul/R&B singer, signed to the Daptone Records label under the Dunham Records division. His performances and recording style are consistent with Daptone’s revivalist approach, celebrating the feel of funk and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s. One review stated that Bradley "echoes the evocative delivery of Otis Redding". He is the subject of a documentary, Soul of America, that premiered at South by Southwest in 2012. (...)

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Let’s Consider ICT in tackling Ebola

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity to reverse the gains already made in the public (...)


Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)