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US embassy to unveil hip hop artist in Sierra Leone

US embassy to unveil hip hop artist in Sierra Leone

Michael S. Owen, United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone (photo), has disclosed plans to bring a major US hip hop artist to the country for a major musical concert.

The ambassador, who was speaking at his residence in Signal Hill during a roundtable meeting recently with members of the press, said that a schedule concert at a big venue has been planned for later this year.

The diplomat did not disclose any name as yet of the artist, but said the concert is likely to take place in May.

The ambassador was outlining his government’s planned programs for Sierra Leone.

He told SaloneJamboree that they wanted to use hip hop to positively develop young people in this country.

Ambassador Owen assured that they would disclose the name of the particular artist when the time was appropriate.

The calm looking diplomat said they have long been supporting the arts and entertainment sector citing supports given to the Ballanta Academy of Music.

He said plans were under way to collaborate with a Sierra Leonean lady to stage a film festival at an unannounced date.

He also said the embassy was planning to stage series of other cultural events.

Ambassador Owen, who has been in the Foreign Service for over 25 years, said Sierra Leone was doing well and that its people should be proud of its achievements.

The US diplomat boasted that he was the first US envoy in the country to visit the historical Bunce Island in southern Sierra Leone.

He said the US Government was also supporting other areas of mutual corporation in the country, including the training and assistance o the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) as well as through their encouragement of business companies to invest in Sierra Leone like the case of the oil giant Chevron.


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