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Anticipation mounts for Giileh’s ‘Bringing the News’ album

Anticipation mounts for Giileh’s ‘Bringing the News’ album

Singer, actress and multimedia artist Giileh Scholz is back in the USA, after completing a successful visit to her home country of Sierra Leone, where she was enthusiastically embraced by the general populace, the media and other leading players in the entertainment industry.

The singer arrived in Sierra Leone just a few days before legislators voted to enact the music industry’s long awaited piracy act into law.  Joining fellow musicians at an event designed to show support for a law protecting intellectual property rights of musicians was her first order of business. “The government is moving on this issue in the right direction, tomorrow will be a great  day for all musicians in Sierra Leone and I am very delighted to be here to support the effort”, she remarked in a brief statement to the press a day before the piracy law was passed.

While in Sierra Leone, the singer was able to meet and hold fruitful discussions with several key participants involved in the entertainment industry.  They run the gamut from individual artists to upper level management of the newly formed DJ’s union and top executives of the Cassette Sellers Association; – the main distributor organization of Sierra Leonean music and the pivotal body promoting the fight against music privacy.   In her meetings with fellow artists she strongly encouraged them  to engage in constructive dialog with each other, to seek  ways to use the medium of entertainment and their status as celebrity role models to empower the youth and help them deal positively with the challenges they face in life.  As a founding member of the USA based, Sierra Leone Association of Artists and Musicians (SLAAM), she also buttressed these meetings with a call for collaboration between artists in Sierra Leone and their counterparts in the USA and elsewhere, emphasizing that SLAAM has been designed as a platform for all Sierra Leonean artists and musicians to collectively leverage their efforts to advance the recognition of their skills and talents in the extremely competitive global entertainment industry.

The star was actively embraced by the Sierra Leonean media.  She received several positive write-ups in local newspapers and she made several appearances on multiple talk shows with radio stations such as Premier Talk Radio, Capital One Radio, 104.1 Kiss FM in Bo and special shows with Sky radio 106.6 FM where she was the host for the very popular women’s program “Women’s Voices” and “Life’s Situations”. The singer was also interviewed on Haja Kadi Johnson’s “Uman to Uman” show, a program showcasing the accomplishments of successful Sierra Leonean women.  She was also featured on SLBC TV’s “Wey Us”, one of Sierra Leone’s most popular television shows hosted by Daniel Moseray. Shortly before her departure, King Milan’s Star Parade featured her as the show’s star of the week. The one hour live interview  program which also included video snippets  of the star’s performances in the USA  was well received and  brought in multiple calls to the station.

The singer was also invited to be the guest artist at several churches.  She gave multiple performances of her very popular songs “Bringing the news” and “Nchomalain” at different churches within the nation such as Shalom Ministries, Winners Chapel, Bethel World Outreach, Buffman United Methodist, just to name a few.   In her travels within the country, she also got to meet with executives of some of the leading philanthropic organizations committed to making a positive contribution to Sierra Leone. She welcomed an opportunity to work with one such organization, the Gilo Education and Economic Development (GEED) Foundation in her newly appointed capacity as deputy CEO and international ambassador. GEED is a not-for-profit organisation established to provide women and girls in rural Sierra Leone with opportunities for education, improved access to finance and training in enterprise development. The singer will help GEED execute a women’s empowerment workshop this December as well as help the Foundation raise funds needed for tuition payments for its sponsored students in the upcoming year. For her part Giileh sees this as a natural progression of her career path, the twining of her role as both an entertainer and a humanitarian.  Although she already has her own philanthropic organization ‘Save The Nation” she has always been active in volunteering for opportunities with solid prospects for providing life changing solutions to many others.

The added increase in newspaper, radio and TV coverage of the star during her visit has definitely paved the way for a very successful launch of her “Bringing the news” album this December in Sierra Leone.  Anticipation is high on all fronts and we will provide you with details for the album release event in Sierra Leone as soon as we can.    Video highlights and photos of Giileh’s visit can be viewed at www.giileh.com

Monica Hebron, Shenge Records.

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