Europe and Sierra Leone Commemorate Kabba’s Death
Fans and well wishers of Shain Foundation (Amara Kabba’s legacy) in Holland and Sierra Leone are commemorating the 10th death anniversary of Sierra Leonean reggae musician Amara Kabba who unfortunately drowned at Aberdeen, survived by his wife Annie Marie T. Kabba and daughters who are currently residing in their motherland in the Netherlands.
Shain Foundation over the years has supported peace building projects in the country through arts and music advocating against violence even before the previous national elections in Sierra Leone. Through live band music, the foundation in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Reggae Union, Ripster Culture and Children Crossing Cultures are planning to come up with a live band talent explosion in Freetown in commemoration of Kabba whose Confront It debut album still sparks light in the horizon as local fm stations continue to spread the message live and direct.
Director of Shain Foundation, Annie Marie Tiebosch (widow) informed this medium that though her late aspirator and husband had passed away physically, his legacy lives on in both Holland and Sierra Leone. She said the Shain band in Holland is doing fine to complement the good spirit Kabba left after him. She said if her plans materialize she would continue to promote live band and agriculture in the country.
She noted that following this commemoration, the founder of Reggae Union, Obai Kamara aka Obi – Phrase joined Shain Band in Amsterdam where they staged some performances in memory of Kabba. She recalled that one successful projects her foundation implemented in Sierra Leone that has positively impacted the peace in the country was the Guitar Better than Gun tour across the country through which people were sensitized on non-violence messages.
According to the Chairman of Reggae Union Sierra Leone, Isheka Jumu, they are going to continue to collaborate with Shain Foundation to commemorate Kabba’s anniversary and make positive impacts in the live band industry of Sierra Leone.
The late Amara Kabba was born in Makeni in the northern region and fortunately he made his way to Europe where he developed rapidly and emerged to be one of the best Sierra Leonean musicians ever. His style of music and live band performances earned him high popularity especially in Sierra Leone. He was on holiday with his family in Freetown when he passed away.
By Ilyasa Baa
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