As the cries continue not only in Sierra Leone but the World at large because of the spread of the coronavirus disease, many musicians are yet to know their fate as many survive through their God-given talent.
Afro-fusion superstar, Burna Boy was in a high voltage, set to perform at the National Stadium in Freetown for the very first time. The date was to be April 11 had all being equal.
The award-winning artist’s event has been canceled in Sierra Leone in adherence to the stringent preventive measures adopted as the coronavirus disease strikes the Mano River Basin. Our neighbors, Liberia and Guinea have recorded cases.
Part of the preventive measures by government is placing a ban on all public gathering of more than one hundred people. This has naturally affected all entertainment events; and Burna Boy’s show, supposed to be organized courtesy of 1Africa 1Vision, an organisation controlled and run by Sierra Leonean music promoters and DJs suffers the same fate.
The organizers, DJ Vet and events’ promoter,EgertonShabba, have confirmed that Burna Boy’s visit to Sierra Leone has been put on hold until further notice. They say the priority now is to implement the measures by the government until the world succeeds in the fight against coronavirus.
Burna Boy has been making waves in West Africa since the release of his 2012 single ‘Like to Party’ and the Sierra Leonean audience is desperate to see Burna Boy live on stage.
Burna Boy releases African Giant, arguably the most successful African album of the year with more than 600 million streams to date while amassing over 13 million listeners on Spotify.
The album has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category ahead of the Grammy Awards on 26 January next year. He also won the Best African Act Award at the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards and the Best International Act Award at the 2019 BET Awards, among other impressive accolades.
Pilot CPO, a member of the organising team and Sierra Leone DJs’ Union President told SaloneJamboree that “the coronavirus outbreak is a global fight and we as entertainers need to join the Government of Sierra Leone to protect our people in this trying time.”He is encouraging Sierra Leoneans to be patient and look forward to seeing Burna Boy after the coronavirus has been defeated.
Sources have also disclosed that the 1Africa 1Vision team is in talks with another big Nigerian artist to join Burna Boy in Freetown. The organisers will make the announcement when a deal is reached. The source further intimates that local acts will be contracted to perform at the concert.
By Mohamed Lyrics Bangura