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Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

2014-04-13 21:29:00

This week we feature, once more, the great Nigerian multi-talented musician, Afro-centric political activist and Pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. This is because the late Fela, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 1997 was no ordinary musician. Through his music he dealt with most of the issues affecting Africans and Black people all over the world. Issues like the African disease of "one-way" thinking encouraged and promoted by most African leaders who are in reality pathetic (...)Read the full story »

British Journalist Becomes Sierra Leonean Citizen

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 (...)

Musician of the Week: Chiwoniso Maraire

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 (...)

Musician of the Week: Drake

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 (...)

Musician of the Week: Kanda Bongo Man

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 (...)

Musician of the Week: Justin Timberlake

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 (...)

The Perils of Migration in the Mediterranean Sea

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 (...)

Musician of the Week: Ahmed Janka Nabay

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 (...)

Musician of the Week: Tunde Jegede

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 (...)

UN General Assembly: Statement by Foreign Minister Dr. Samura Kamara

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 New York. 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 (...)

Sierra Leone: Foreign Minister to Deliver UN Speech

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). However (...)

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EDITORIAL

Tax Incentives and the Suffering Masses of Sierra Leone

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

This week, we look at tax incentives offered to foreign mining and agribusiness companies operating in Sierra Leone. A report, released today by the international NGO, Christian Aid, has bad news (...)

OPINION

Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)