Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Writer Ishmael Beah has experienced the carnage of Sierra Leone's 10-year civil war first hand. After losing his family, Beah was recruited at the age of 13 to fight for rebel forces. He says hope for Sierra Leone's future is dependent upon investment in his country.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Ishmael Beah, the author of the bestselling memoir A Long Way Gone, about Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers, talks about his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of the story are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown after the civil war to find it in ruins. They try to create a new community but they face many obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, robberies, rape, and retaliation, along with and the depredations of a foreign mining company.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Janka Nabay calls himself “the Bubu king.” The Sierra Leonean musician took an ancient style of Muslim ritual music and transformed it into pop, using keyboards and drum machines. The new style made Nabay a national star. But after he fled Sierra Leone’s civil war, Nabay fell into ...
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. The 11 charges include murder, rape, mutilations and the use of child soldiers. Alan Little of our partner the BBC reported on the conflict. He's returned to Sierra Leone to look at Charles Taylor's legacy and has this report.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
The celebration of contemporary African music, called Afrika21: The Showcase, is an unofficial CMJ Music Marathon showcase featuring DJ's and musicians from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
By Andy Gensler
Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay is a major figure in Bubu Music, which is traditionally performed by up to 20 musicians blowing into bamboo pipes. He modernized theMuslim music genre during the Sierra Leonean Civil War of the 1990s. You can stream a selection of his performance this summer at Le Poisson Rouge right here.