Sierra Leone


Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Community Media and Civil Society

The Media and Culture Concentration in The Graduate Program in International Affairs  at the New School invites you to a panel discussion titled: Community Media and Civil Society: Then and Now What are the most effective strategies for achieving social and political change through community media? How is new media advocacy changing grassroots media practice? Moderated by Sean

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Music Monday

In which the super crew from Sierra Leone, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, remix Vampire Weekend and Paul Simon, who are well known, of course, for remixing (appropriating?) sounds from across the African continent. I’m a...

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Supermodel’s Revenge

For a brief moment this past August, the world worked itself into a frenzy over Naomi Campbell’s “hostile” turn on the witness stand at The Hague. Finally, it seemed, we had the perfect ammunition to level at...

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Sierra Leone Show

By Chief Boima I’ve been following Sierra Leonean Vickie Remoe’s lifestyle and culture blog Swit Salone for a few years now.  Blogging from Freetown since 2007, Vickie has been a consistent source of information via the web...

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Paid in Fish

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has discovered high-tech vessels with “EU numbers, indicating that they were licensed to import to Europe having theoretically passed strict hygiene standards” were not only operating without licenses in exclusion...

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Model and The Activist

We’ve all heard the one about the model and the dictator. The setting is South Africa, 1997. President Nelson Mandela is hosting several prominent figures as guests in his home. Quincy Jones is there (the...

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Driving with Fanon

I am dying to see this film, “Driving with Fanon,” by Steve Kwena Mokwena, a Johannesburg-based artist.  (I first met Steve in London in 2003. Very talented man.)  I should have a copy soon and will report...

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Conflict of Interest

Foreign Policy’s website has this story: “David M. Crane, the former U.N. war crimes prosecutor for the Special Court in Sierra Leone, and his chief investigator, Alan A. White, indicted former Liberian warlord and president Charles Taylor...

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The Bubu King

The new video for “Eh Congo” by Janka Nabay, the premier exponent of Sierra Leone’s frantic Bubu Music. He also has a new album. Via The Fader.

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Soldier Boy

I don’t have much time for the phenomenon that is Soulja Boy and his nonsensical lyrics. Like in “Turn My Swag On.” But a German group, Die Orsons, took the song, slowed it down, gave it a...

Sunday, September 20th, 2009


“… Literacy rates in Sierra Leone are devastatingly low, just 29 per cent among women. One of the chief culprits, as the report indicates, is teenage pregnancy. About 12 per cent of girls have their first child...

Saturday, September 5th, 2009


I have been meaning to post this tune for a while now: DC rapper, Wale (who never forgets to rep his Nigerian immigrant roots, like here and 2:30 into a video here) , remixes the West African...

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


Aug. 4 – Planet Hip-Hop: Ahmir “?estlove” Thompson of the Grammy-winning hip-hop group The Roots and a panel of top international musicians and moguls including rapper Bajah from Sierra Leone talk to Wall Street Journal culture editor...

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

“If the music says …”

TIME magazine piece by Glenna Gordon (also known as blogger Scarlett Lion) on a group of Sierra Leonean artists utilizing music’s important social role to sing about postwar reconciliation. Here’s an extract: When you go to a...

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