Milo and All that Jazz
Milo and All that Jazz is the work of Dr Kitty Fadlu-Deen and published by SONDIATA GLOBAL MEDIA. Kitty was born in Singapore and is a graduate of University College Dublin and the University of York. She has worked as a music educator in Sierra Leone where she lives with her husband. She therefore has a first hand appreciation of the international music scene.
As a music professional from South East Asia , the vastness and depth of musical offerings in her adopted country was an inspirational discovery for Dr Fadlu-Deen. Part of the expression of this inspiration is her co-founding of the Ballanta Academy of Music, Freetown in 1995.
Milo and All that Jazz attempts to explore the history and creative breadth and depth of Sierra Leonean music from the 1960s to the 1990s. Considering the vast choice of Bands and artists during that period, this is no mean feat. Aminatta Forna, a renowned Sierra Leonean author, says “… Dr Fadlu-Deen has commemorated Pino and all the most talented of Sierra Leone’s astonishing array of musicians over three decades in a fascinating story that has been meticulously researched and elegantly written … Sierra Leone boasts a powerful voice that moves to its own distinctive beat.”
The book takes the reader on a journey steeped in Sierra Leonean culture expressed through her distinctive music, providing the reader with an appreciation of its evolution and growth over three memorable decades.
This is a definite must read for music lovers the world over. It is a book that connects the development of Sierra Leonean cultural music and its sources of inspiration from the African Continent and beyond. Above all, it recognises the influence and inspiration with which Sierra Leonean music continues to touch the world.
Winston Forde, UK
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