Ripsta Culture remembers reggae legend
Ripsta Culture Foundation in collaboration with Shain Foundation and Children Crossing Culture commemorates the eighth anniversary of the death of Sierra Leone reggae legend, Amara Kabba at the Parade ground playing field in Freetown.
Giving a brief history of the late man, coordinator of Ripsta Culture Foundation, Abdulai Kamara also known as Obi Phrase said Amara Kabba died by drowning at Lumley Beach on the 22nd of June 2003.
He said the late man was born in 1969 in Freetown by a Madingo father and Temne mother.
Obi Phrase stated that Amara Kabba was a practicing musician and loved playing the wooden guitar and accordion that he inherited from his late father, who was a folk song singer and composer.
Abdulai Kamara disclosed that the urge to play music was in Kabba and was what made him leave school and join the Bintumani Hotel through the help of his Uncle Alimamy Deen, also a musician of the Rockers Group.
As singer and guitarist of the Rockers Group, Kabba was an outstanding musical lyric writer and was able to captivate music lovers and promoters – the likes – of late M.K. Suma, a popular business tycoon in charge of Cape Sierra Hotel.
Kamara later joined Sierra Afric Dance Band” where he released his first single hit “Eastern Paddle” a song which that catches minds of Sierra Leoneans.
In mid 1980s Amara Kabba and his elder brother, Nfagie, teamed up and formed the Kabba Brothers to produce his second album of other hits “Big Tiffman” which was followed by his third album “Tae Go” and a popular hit “Papa’s Lover” etc.
Mr. Kamara maintained that after producing a successful album, the late Amara Kabba was invited by the promoters to perform in London Summer Afro-Reggae hit concert and later left London for Amsterdam were he studied Music and Recording Engineering.
At the end of the late man’s studies, Kabba set-up a musical group in Amsterdam called Shain Band which later produced the album “Confront It”.
The wife of the late man, Ann Marie Kabba, who doubles as coordinator of Shain Foundation said she will always give her support to the foundation and ensure that the values of her late husband are upheld.
By Ibrahim Sahid Kamara
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