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Musician of the Week: Asa

2014-07-21 03:37:21

Aṣa (pronounced "Asha"; born 1 September 1982) is a Nigerian French singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her stage name "Aṣa" means "Hawk" in Yoruba. Early life Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa was born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents. She was two years old when her family returned to live in Nigeria. Aṣa grew up in Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria. She states that the city is "buzzing with energy but also home to a deep-rooted spirituality. (...)Read the full story »

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. (...)

Doing Business in Liberia

27 December 2013
Buying and Developing Property and doing Business in Liberia: Practical Advice for Liberians in the Diaspora. By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore II, USA. Most Liberians in the Diaspora want to either do business or buy land and build a house in Liberia. It is a dream to have something home, a mark of some success after many years of living abroad. With foreigners successfully doing business and enjoying Liberia, many Liberians in the Diaspora see an opportunity to participate in their home (...)

Danse Lhasa Danse

23 December 2013
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm Chan Shun Concert Hall, Vancouver, Canada. Chan Centre Presents Presented by the Chan Centre and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival This multi-disciplinary evening lovingly honours the life and work of Montreal-based folk musician, Lhasa. Bringing seven dancers, four singers and five instrumentalists together on one stage, artistic visionary Pierre-Paul Savoie’s Danse Lhasa Danse seamlessly melds concert and dance performance into (...)

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Welcome to the Free Town

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

The mountainous city of Freetown is not only the capital of the coastal West African State of Sierra Leone but is also the seat of government. It is a common saying among the residents that the (...)


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 (...)