Salone Concert Live 09 – UK
On 20 October 2009, at the prestigious Fridge Club in Brixton London, ‘Salone Concert Live 09’ was staged in front of a cheering audience beamed to an international media coverage from BEN TV and broadcast live on UN radio, as reported by Claudia Anthony, and listened by Â thousands of people in Sierra Leone and in the Diaspora. (Photo: King Masco)
The efforts of many people contributed to a very successful Salone Concert Live 09. We are pleased to announce that the Concert has been uplifting in reaffirming the relevance of what we do every day to improve the lives and opportunities of young people in Sierra Leone, as well as providing a venue to promote our music.
We raised the bar and surprised many with the strength and clarity of what we had to say as concerned Sierra Leoneans about the plights of children and disabled people in Sierra Leone.
We raised the bar in reaffirming our values and principles with a forward-looking agenda that brings together our collective action for the betterment of Sierra Leone.
We raised the bar in committing to do more for youth as we endeavour to engage in a mutual partnership to support our Government’s ‘new agenda for change’ .
We want to state clearly that the concert was a charity event and was not political. The event did become highly charged with the political baggage that comes with Emmerson’s recent album.
Because the concert was free of charge, we were unable to raise the needed funds to provide support to the needy young people as anticipated.
“Efforts to hold a more successful concerts have been hampered by the public’s lack of awareness about the true nature of the event. We wanted to have a big concert…full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I knew the Community would have wanted, ‘’ said DJ Base of UN radio.
“I learned first-hand today about the realities of the life of children in Sierra Leone. If I can help just one child in Sierra Leone, then this concert will be worth it’’, Cynthia Harry, CEO of Live to the Max Ltd UK said after participating in the Concert.Â
We are determined that there should be no room for failure with child protection in Sierra Leone and we are looking to strengthen the government’s intervention so that state funds are made available to make the substantial improvements necessary to protect and promote children’s rights and the rights of people with disabilities.
Messeh Kamara, the lead coordinator of the Concert stated: ‘’I hoped that the government would seek consensus on the further reforms needed to foster youth development and uphold the true value of human rights, and that the Sierra Leone community would co-operate in these efforts. It is important that the Government does not repeat the mistakes of the past and seeks to establish a balance by adhering to internationally accepted standards of human dignity’’.
We look forward to continuing our work of implementation, and promoting our national interest. We are working hard and this time we are planning to bring one of the big artists in the world to perform in Sierra Leone in the near future. The mood of optimism, of renewal, of success, and of enthusiasm to push forward is palpable.
ÂThe Salone Concert Live 09 was coordinated by a group of patriotic Sierra Leoneans, and promoted by Messeh Kamara as part of his humanitarian service as Director of the charity Helping Children International (HCI) . Messeh Kamara, a 23 years old young humanitarian, is an independent Youth Development Consultant and a Student of Law of the University of London who works with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. He is former President of the Children’s Forum Network and Founding Chief Executive of the Young Leaders (Sierra Leone).
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