Reggae Union goes to the polls
The Sierra Leone Reggae Union will go to the polls on Sunday 21st July to elect a new executive. These elections are expected to catapult the union and reggae musicians to a better level in so far as live band music industry in the country is concern.
The elections were inspired by genuine recommendations of the majority of the Reggae Union members who retorted that the polls will necessitate the reincarnation of the union which was very active before the 2007 general elections of the country but has lost its value. Since its formation sometime in 2006, at the Big Obasai Complex, in Central Freetown, Reggae Union has been promoting peace and development through live band musical performances across the country.
At the moment, the former executives of the union are expected to hand over all documents pertaining the union as all positions have been rendered vacant some two week ago in order to create a level playing field for a thorough democratic process.
Reggae artist and live band performer, Micklyn Sesay aka Fisher, was appointed tentatively to serve as Organizing Secretary of the union. He informed Sierra Express Media that only one Melvin has openly declared his intention to run for the chairmanship of the union while other names are yet to emerge for vacant positions. “ We are looking forward to receiving the names of other interested union members to fill in these vacancies and we do hope that it will happen in our usual Wednesdays general meeting,’’ said Fisher.
Founder and first Coordinator of Reggae Union, Sorie Obai Kamara alias Obi-phrase (currently residing in Finland) told this medium via telephone conversation that the election is a welcome idea that will boost the spirit of the members. He said his Ripster Culture Foundation and Children Crossing Cultures would continue to promote live band musicians in the union.
In another development, Reggae Union has commended Shain Foundation; the legacy of late Amara Kabba, for its tremendous support towards boosting the reggae and live band industry of Sierra Leone. It could be recalled that Shain Foundation in collaboration with Reggae Union, Ripster Culture commemorated Amara’s tenth anniversary of his demise at Aces Club on June 22 this year.
Director of Shain Foundation, Anne-Marie has stated that the foundation has a lot of goodies to promote the vision her late husband had for the music industry in his motherland.
By Ilyasa Baa
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