KME’s CEO, Lawyer Abu Bakarr Turay pledged his commitment to develop the local industry and added that Sierra Leoneans must join him to actualize the dream of taking the country’s music to international level.
Nasser Ayoub who chaired the event said Sierra Leone must count itself lucky to host one of the biggest West Africa meet Salone music festival. “This is a big event the world should recognize. Let us support the initiative in our own way,” he said.
DJs Union representative, Abdul Kamara and representative of musicians in the east end of Freetown, Emmanuel Rogers otherwise called Article 4Yoh; assured of their grfeatest support to make the coming event successful.
Africell is one of the sponsors of this year’s event. Speaking on behalf of the company, John Konteh said his company being the biggest in the GSM sector has been supporting the music industry for a very long time. ECOFEST, he said is a Sierra Leone owned music festival, which they will fully support. Konteh assured that AIRadio will endeavour to play Sierra Leonean music, and with ECOFEST the radio station will start the revolution of taking Sierra Leone music worldwide. “We believe that ECOFEST is a dream come true in the entertainment industry,” Konteh told his audience.
Festus Sowa of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank described Kabaka Multimedia Entertainment (KME) as a national pride that should be embraced. He assured that the bank will not till until the ECOFEST becomes a success.
Mohamed Bangura, commonly known as King Milan called for support in ensuring that lots of opportunities existing in the music industry become successful.
The unveiled top musicians that will represent Sierra Leone are: Arkman, Dallas B, Drizilik, Empress P, Innocent, Kao Denero, Boss LAJ, LXG, Nasser Ayoub, Young Sal, Rap G, King Melody; and the KME Taem, including Blesz, Future, I-Tribe, Kracktwist, Samza, Markmouday, Rozzy and Ragga Spice. The expected international musicias are: Double T and J Kelly from The Gambia, CIC and Stunna from Liberia, Fafadi from Senegal, Takana Zion from Guinea, Patoranking and Mayorkun from Nigeria, Kuami Eugene and Patapa from Ghana.