The Sierra Leone Association of Artists and Musicians (SLAAM) has slated April 7th, 2018, as the date for its next awards to be held in the United States of America.
This disclosure was made to journalists and entertainers at the New Brookfields Hotel in Freetown last week. Giileh Kebbie Scholz, Chairperson of SLAAM, who is also a singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur, made the revelation alongside Pastor Aiah Momoh, President of SLAAM in Sierra Leone.
Ms Scholz explained that the SLAAM awards combines excellence in music, movie, fashion, comedy, fine and performing arts.
“SLAAM creates a platform to recognize people who are doing well in our society”, she said, adding: “We are challenging them to be on the global platform.”
She then informed the audience that SLAAM had held three awards since its inception in 2012. She promised that the 2018 edition would be different, noting that other categories have been added to the previous ones.
Scholz went on to say that they were working tirelessly, alongside her vice chairman, David Vandy and other executive members in the United States to make this forthcoming event a great one, in line with international standards.
The categories of the awards are as follows:
– Author of the Year
– Best Male Gospel Artist
– Best Female Gospel Artist
– Supporting Actor of the Year
– Supporting Actress of the Year
– Promoter of the Year
– Radio DJ of the Year
– Upcoming Artist of the Year
– Actor of the Year
– Actress of the Year
– Rising Star award
– Upcoming DJ
– Music Production Company of the Year
– DJ of the Year
– Best Sierra Leone Soccer player worldwide
– Best SL USA Soccer Team
– Best SL Home Based Team
– Best SL UK Soccer Team
– Best Cultural Artist
– Best Music Group
– Female Artist of the Year
– Male Artist of the Year
– Best Video Producer
– Best Fashion Designer
– Best Hair Dressing Saloon
– Best Video Producer
– Comedian of the Year
Persons or works to be nominated must be produced within September 2016 to February 2018. The basic requirements include a bio/profile on the individual and details about their work and online presence (Facebook, email, telephone, etc). Nominations are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding to questions from the audience, Scholz allayed the fears of people for taking the event to the US, stating: “it still have a Sierra Leonean context despite hosting it in the United States.”
Talking to Salone Jamboree after the press conference, Scholz disclosed that the next SLAAM event would be staged in a different country. “All we want to achieve is to get a global focus”, she stressed.