In collaboration with Cribs International, the Sierra Leone Gospel Musicians Council on June 28 held “Heal our Nation” virtual concert. The event was held at Cribs International studios with a lot of gospel musicians from across the country participating. They included Ebenezer Ben Bangura, Memunatu Kabia, Pastor Duada Koroma, Juliet Swarray and Pastor Alim Sesay and was streamed live by AYV and other social media handles.
President for the Council, Pastor Alim Sesay spoke to SaloneJamboree as to how it went. “As head of the event, I can say it was successful. We were motivated to do the virtual concert for several reasons with the first being the fact that gospel music always carries messages. We know the current global situation and as a nation, we are going through a lot.”
He says as gospel musicians, the songs they do are full of hope and life. “So we thought it fit to join the COVID-19 fight, playing a pivotal role in its containment but principally through the songs we sing, we are lifting up the nation before God.”
Pastor Alim Sesay says this has never happened in the history of gospel music in Sierra Leone. He says all the songs performed were original recordings by the musicians. “We’re planning to host the first-ever biggest gospel event after Corona, bringing people together and opening up the country internationally.”
The Gospel Musicians Council is a new body formed against the backdrop to regulate gospel musicians in Sierra Leone. It was founded in 2019 in a conference to chat the way forward as how to govern and put together structures for gospel music in the country.
By: Mohamed Gandoh Jallohby