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‘Way Forward’ for Salone Music workshop ended in Freetown

‘Way Forward’ for Salone Music workshop ended in Freetown

A two-day workshop on the ‘Way Forward’ for the Sierra Leone music industry has ended at the British Council auditorium.  Photo:Jimmy Bangura, Murtala, Boxx and All-Star acting President Collabo marching to British Council auditorium.

It started on Tuesday November 26 and ended on the Wednesday 27th and brought together representatives from the different sectors in the industry to discuss the way forward for its development.

It was organized by the newly formed Sierra Leone Music Federation (SLMF).

In his opening remarks, chairman of the program, Jimmy Y. Bangura, welcomed the participants and speakers to the workshop. The CEO of Paradise Records gave an overview of the workshop.

Jimmy B, as he is commonly called, went on to identify structural problems as a major obstacle for the development of the music industry. He said it`s faced with so many challenges that connive to limit its expansion.

The star musician cum moviemaker said that they`d invited every sector in the workshop to share ideas, recommendations with the aim of coming up with a document on the way forward for the music industry.

Premier Media Director, Dr. Julius Spencer, gave a lecture about The Piracy Act.
He said the success of the music and creative industry depends largely on copyright and added that no creative industry will succeed without an effective copyright structure.
Dr Spencer urged the authorities to create the necessary structures to ensure an effective copyright law. “Without an effective administration of copyright law no creative industry will develop,” he stressed. “Copyright is at the heart of the creative industry.”

Dr. Kitty Fadludeen spoke on the topics: Voice and Live performance.

She stressed the importance of live performance and urged Sierra Leonean artists to always try to develop themselves.

Charlie Haffner of Freetong Players also gave a lecture on Indigenous Music. He recalled that Sierra Leone has produced great talents in the past but lamented the fact that it was unable to preserve some of their records.

Haffner said contemporary musicians will learn a lot from Indigenous music, and he urged the authorities to help in preserving old recordings.

Founder and CEO of SaloneJamboree, Murtala Mohamed Kamara, stressed on the importance of musicians to add value to themselves.

He cited Nigerian and Ghanian artists who have added value to themselves and thereby getting a good reward for their investments.  He said there were a lot of opportunities today for artists to promote their image and market their music. He urged artists to make good use of the social media networks to promote themselves.
He said his Consultancy, Jamboree Consult, was planning to hold a Media Week for artist to help them package themselves. He said during the Media Week, they planned to provide press kits for artists including professional biographies, photo albums and create social network pages for them.

Kamara said they will also lecture the artists on the importance of P.R in music.

Buer Okutu of  charterhouse  spoke on imaging, whilst SLBC Head of Television Samuel Vancarcel spoke on the Role of The Media in the music industry.

The workshop ended with recommendations which will be developed to a final document.

By: SaloneJamboree

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