Sierra Leone braces for biggest ever musical festival

Kracktwist and Samza will be expected to perform at the 2018 Ecofest in Sierra Leone. Photo : RR

Freetown, Sierra Leone (ADV) – A big event of rare occurrence comes to Sierra Leone as the country hosts the Ecofest musical bonanza billed for 16 November 2018.

The event has been dubbed: ‘When the Lions Roar !’

The event is being floated by Sierra Leonean label: Kabaka Multimedia Entertainment, founded by Abubakar Turay, and Ghana’s Empire Entertainment.

Several dozens of artists from the host country, Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia, and Ghana will grace the event.

The precursor to the upcoming event was a previous partnership between Kabaka Multimedia Entertainment and Empire Entertainment that led to a number of Sierra Leonean acts performing at the 2018 edition of the popular annual concert: Ghana Meets Naija.

“Ecofest can pass as a reloaded version of Ghana Meets Naija and every artist brought in is a household name in the continent and the subregion, » media reports quoted organizers as saying.

The organizers said they are « concluding the formalities and very soon we will unveil the list of those artists that would be gracing a purpose-built stage at the National Stadium,” said Turay,.

“Turay aims to use entertainment as a medium to change the narrative of his country,” the statement continues. “It is Sierra Leone’s turn to show Africa that we can be the best in music in terms of talent and artistic abilities, and it’s time to tell our own positive stories by ourselves.”

The festival is the latest move for Kabaka Multimedia, a label that is home to some of the most popular artists in Sierra Leone, including Kracktwist and Samza, who were responsible for the 2017 hit song ‘Thop’.

Although the line-up is yet to be announced, the duo will be expected to perform at Ecofest.

© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)