Entertainment – FrontPageAfrica https://frontpageafricaonline.com Liberia's Leading News Magazine Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:13:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.1 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Entertainment – FrontPageAfrica https://frontpageafricaonline.com 32 32 Trending Liberian Musicians Stunna, MC Caro Appear on BBC 1Xtra Show Following His New Single Title “Green Light” https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/trending-liberian-musicians-stunna-mc-caro-appear-on-bbc-1xtra-show-following-his-new-single-title-green-light/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/trending-liberian-musicians-stunna-mc-caro-appear-on-bbc-1xtra-show-following-his-new-single-title-green-light/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 04:59:12 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=72742 MONROVIA — Liberia’s RNB, Afropop and Afrobeats artist, Lourell Andymark George alias Stunna has appeared as the second Liberian to be featured on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 1Xtra show with DJ Edu the Afroboss after releasing his new single, “Green light”. Report by Francis G. Boayue, francis.boayue@frontpageafricaonline.com The Liberian RNB star appeared on the […]]]>

MONROVIA — Liberia’s RNB, Afropop and Afrobeats artist, Lourell Andymark George alias Stunna has appeared as the second Liberian to be featured on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 1Xtra show with DJ Edu the Afroboss after releasing his new single, “Green light”.


Report by Francis G. Boayue, francis.boayue@frontpageafricaonline.com


The Liberian RNB star appeared on the BBC 1Xtra show on Wednesday with DJ Edu the Afroboss along with MC Caro making the duo the second batch of Liberians to have featured on the show after Kobazzie.

Following his latest track, “Green light,” Stunna in an effort to push Liberian music to international level, the star is now in London on a musical tour in commemoration of Liberia’s 175th years of Independence.

He said his goal is to ensure Liberian music gets better and be widely followed like other Countries in Africa including Nigeria, Ghana and others.

“My primary goal is to make Liberian music better and explore to international level where everyone will get glue to the Liberian culture and entertainment and my appearance on the BBC has set the pace to showcase the Liberian culture on the international stage,” he said.

The RNB hit-maker is a leading member of Aeg and managing partner of 50/50 entertainment record label headed by CEO Pumpaye, a record management that has been doing extremely well in branding and shifting the perspective of Liberian music to an international level.

Stunna has been one of Liberia’s trending musicians, and has won several accolades such as: RNB Artist of the Year 2018 (Tunes Liberia), MLMA Afropop Artist of the year 2020, and MLMA Video of the year 2021 and has released several hit songs such as ‘baby o’, Mr. Right’, and ‘For Life’ with his latest track Green Light.

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Sensational Liberian Musician Stunna Announces Three-Months Tour to America Beginning July https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/sensational-liberian-musician-stunna-announces-three-months-tour-to-america-beginning-july/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/sensational-liberian-musician-stunna-announces-three-months-tour-to-america-beginning-july/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:13:07 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=71367 Monrovia – Liberia’s RNB, Afropop and Afrobeat artist Lourell Andymark George alias Stunna has disclosed that he is expected to travel to America in July on a three-month tour to America; adding his tour to America will be used as an opportunity to push Liberian music in abroad. Report by Francis G. Boayue Stunna is […]]]>

Monrovia – Liberia’s RNB, Afropop and Afrobeat artist Lourell Andymark George alias Stunna has disclosed that he is expected to travel to America in July on a three-month tour to America; adding his tour to America will be used as an opportunity to push Liberian music in abroad.


Report by Francis G. Boayue


Stunna is a Liberian RNB singer, Afropop and Afrobeat artist and songwriter whose talents are a breath of fresh air to Liberian Stardom. He was born in Monrovia, Liberia and started his career with Swag District recording music in his late teens when he released his first played song, “Zoko Love” featuring his former label mate, A Raw.

The Liberian star on Wednesday disclosed to FrontPage-Africa that he, along with three members of his Afrique Entertainment Group (AEG) are expected to depart Liberia for the United States of America on his much excited tour.

He said his tour  which is tagged ‘Daddy is coming”’ is expected to kick off in July and expected to visit Fargo,  Minnesota,  Miami, Arizona, Rhode Island, Washington DC, Atlanta  and Iowa.

According to him, his tour  which is being sponsored by his promoters and fan based in America will provide him the opportunity to push Liberian music outside of Liberia and as well connect with his fans and family in America.

In an exclusive interview with FrontPage-Africa on Wednesday, the Liberian star used the occasioned to call on all Liberians based in America to turn out in their numbers to support Liberian music to the fullest.

“My primary goal while in America is to meet and interact with my fans and family and as well perform as they have always wanted me to perform live and I’m fully set and ready to do just that,” he said.

The RNB hit-maker is a leading member of CEO Pumpaye Afrique Entertainment Group (AEG), a record label that has been doing extremely well in branding and shifting the perspective of Liberian music to an international level.

Stunna has been one of Liberia’s trending musicians, and has won several accolades such as: RNB Artist of the Year 2018 (Tunes Liberia), MLMA Afropop Artist of the year 2020, and MLMA Video of the year 2021 and has released several hit songs such as ‘baby o’, Mr. Right’, and ‘For Life’.

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Liberia: G-Rize Opens Up on His Journey to Music https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/liberia-g-rize-opens-up-on-his-journey-to-music%ef%bf%bc/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/liberia-g-rize-opens-up-on-his-journey-to-music%ef%bf%bc/#respond Tue, 31 May 2022 07:15:50 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=70586 Monrovia – US-based Liberian artiste G-Rize may be well known for his artistry, but music wasn’t always his first love. “I was first into dancing, and then I went into soccer,” he said. The Bado crooner said,music came as a respite for him after losing his mother in 2007. “[I] played for a few years […]]]>

Monrovia – US-based Liberian artiste G-Rize may be well known for his artistry, but music wasn’t always his first love.

“I was first into dancing, and then I went into soccer,” he said.

The Bado crooner said,music came as a respite for him after losing his mother in 2007. “[I] played for a few years then I lost my mother in 2007 and found myself doing music.  I never left.”

He said he could no longer express his internal pain via football. “Because right after I lost my mother, football wasn’t allowing me to express all the emotions I had built in me.”

“For some people, it does. But for me, no. It was music that helped me deal with it. So music was my savior and still is.”

But, he revealed, it began with a nervousness which he had to overcome. For the first couple of months,” he added. “But I started to motivate myself and speak positive things into my life. That’s what kept me going and still, to this day, keeps me going.”

Despite his initial nervousness, he kept singing which led to the recording of his first single. “I was nervous at first for my first session, but as I kept singing, I felt myself opening up in the booth.”

“My first song was called ‘A-Yoo’ – a friend of mine helped me write it. We were in his house playing beats and he picked one beat for us to work on—that’s how my first record came about.”

And with that, he revealed, his nervousness slowly faded.

The artists would go on to successfully brand himself without a managerial team and has dropped chart topping hits such as LIB Ladies, Show me that, Tumba and more others..

Now a household name in the diaspora and the local music scene, the artiste says there is no stopping for him.

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Behind the Mask Liberian Movie Wins International Award https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/behind-the-mask-liberian-movie-wins-international-award/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/behind-the-mask-liberian-movie-wins-international-award/#respond Tue, 31 May 2022 07:13:31 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=70583 MONROVIA – A Liberian short film, , has be awarded the “Best Narrative Production” at the 2021 Black International Cinema Berlin, Germany, for the first time since the festival was founded 30 years ago. The film won ahead of hundreds of other films submitted by filmmakers from many different places in the world. Produced in 2020 during […]]]>

MONROVIA – A Liberian short film, , has be awarded the “Best Narrative Production” at the 2021 Black International Cinema Berlin, Germany, for the first time since the festival was founded 30 years ago.

The film won ahead of hundreds of other films submitted by filmmakers from many different places in the world.

Produced in 2020 during the heat of the Coronavirus pandemic in Liberia, the Film was written and directed by Mr. Luther N. Mafalleh, a WELTFILME trained Liberian Filmmaker.

It was shot in Monrovia and it sheds light on the some of the challenges that women, especially girls and single mothers, faced during the coronavirus lock down in Liberia.

Behind the Mask is a story about the high increase of rape in Liberia during the peak of coronavirus pandemic. It particularly highlights some of the events that reported that law enforcement officers were the rapists.

Speaking during an interview in Monrovia, Mr. Luther N. Mafalleh expressed gratitude and joy for winning the accolade.

“It was a feeling of total ecstasy as I read the email that our film has won! It is a won for Liberia. It is an achievement that will go a long way for the entire team. It validates our work and what we are capable of doing as Liberian filmmakers when we willing to learn and put in our best. We have the raw talents in Liberia for acting, writing, directing, producing, etc. Congratulations to us”.

Mr. Mafalleh is further calling on the all higher institutions of learning to establish performing arts departments at their Liberal and humanity Colleges.

“All around the world and from days of old, performing arts and theaters are established at numerous universities and colleges. They help to preserve cultural heritage and provide opportunities for the percent of the population that are passionate about arts. It is educational and has money. It contributes to the economies of all the great nations of the world. I, therefore, call on the leaders of all the universities and colleges in Liberia to establish performing arts departments at their institutions of learning”, Mr. Mafalleh averred.

In his concluding words, the winner thanked the cast and crew of the film, the National Adult Education Association of Liberia and WELTFILME for their support in helping him to reach such a milestone.

Luther N. Mafalleh has written and directed feature and documentary films such as Accra Flowers, Ride With Me, Think Twice, Gifted Voice, etc. Behind the mask is important because it presents ill happenings in the Liberian society that undermine the peace of the state. You can watch the award-winning short film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxsEDK_cQ04

Black International Cinema Berlin is an international, intercultural community of persons, engaged in achieving increasing understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups.

Fountainhead®️ Tanz Théâtre and Black International Cinema Berlin became partners during the creation of the first European Black Cultural Festival in 1986 and since this creative and inspirational occasion, continued their international, intercultural diplomatic film, seminar, dance, music, art exhibition and publication presentations annually in varying forms since the historic three week birth in West Berlin. The 2021 festival, “Footprints in the Sand?” was held between November 18 and December 6, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

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International Music Group Established In Liberia https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/international-music-group-established-in-liberia%ef%bf%bc/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/international-music-group-established-in-liberia%ef%bf%bc/#respond Thu, 26 May 2022 05:18:01 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=70419 MONROVIA — Officially, Konde Visions, Inc. (KVI) a musical talented organization has announced its establishment in Liberia with the aim of promoting entertainment to the fullest in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the world at large.  KVI is registered both in the United States of America and Liberia. It is a Liberian owned business founded by […]]]>

MONROVIA — Officially, Konde Visions, Inc. (KVI) a musical talented organization has announced its establishment in Liberia with the aim of promoting entertainment to the fullest in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the world at large.

 KVI is registered both in the United States of America and Liberia. It is a Liberian owned business founded by Jerome Suah, Also known as Younkonde and partners in the United States of America. Younkonde is a sensational artist who has produced conscious music since 1998 to present.

 Currently, (KVI) has taken its first major video project in Monrovia, Liberia. It’s a major project because it is disseminating a message to   Liberians and Sierra Leoneans, industries and music lovers who need to consume and turn the industries into middle class ones.

“Stand-up! Tune in and vibe to the conscious music of KVI as we join our brothers and sisters in Africa to promote our cultural heritage.”

 The video project song entitled “No Complaints” was produced by M’Posh; (KVI) signed artist and producer residing and representing the Konde Visions Inc. in Sierra Leone. M’Posh has already taken another giant engagement by participating in the Sierra Leonean House Mate competition.

 He is the sensational participant and gearing up to win the prestigious prize. This video shoot was done by Loveland Productions, directed by Wally Alicia Loveland (DJ Licia) and packaged by (KVI) Liberian-based network team Joseph Junior Teah aka TalkinSoldier, and Augustus Wolah.

 Hotel A-la lagune and its environment were used including the OZ Night Club. Konde Vision’s Inc. (KVI) is also partnering with Be Honest 3 (BH3) via its Founder and CEO Joseph Junior Teah to promote the Liberian rap culture, precisely the Liberian Rap battle Supremacy Kings Titles which has been under vigorous planning and slated for July 2022.

 “All of these are part of our contributions to societies, especially giving back to our homeland Mama Liberia. The Video Song Synopsis: “No Complaints” No Complaints is about a successful character who went through many difficulties and pains in life but maintained and persisted in every way possible, maneuvering and finally gaining success.

“Now that success has been achieved, no complaints because you don’t know my story. All the media platforms should anticipate and reach out to our team for massive awareness engagement.”

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G-Rize Stresses Branding for Liberian Artistes https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/g-rize-stresses-branding-for-liberian-artistes%ef%bf%bc/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/g-rize-stresses-branding-for-liberian-artistes%ef%bf%bc/#respond Tue, 17 May 2022 08:18:48 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=70164 Monrovia – Despite being without a managerial team, Liberian born artiste G-Rize continues to shine his brand, stressing that it is important artistes in Liberia remain continually branded and on top of their game. “It is very important to stay on top of your game because as an artist you are representing not just yourself […]]]>

Monrovia – Despite being without a managerial team, Liberian born artiste G-Rize continues to shine his brand, stressing that it is important artistes in Liberia remain continually branded and on top of their game.

“It is very important to stay on top of your game because as an artist you are representing not just yourself but a whole culture and fan base,” he said. “People taking their time to check you out. At least give them something nice to come see or listen to.”

Born Augustus Cole, Jr. in Monrovia and later relocated to the United States, G-Rise, as he is known popularly by his moniker, says the future is his to grab as he remains the most branded Liberian artiste.

“I see myself doing a lot of big things,” he added. “I see myself on billboards and on big stages around the world.”

He stressed that it is pertinent that other artistes learn from him in order to shine and improve their brand because it becomes a stepping stone for them.

Known for chart topping tracks such as Bado, Show Me That, and Tumba, the Liberian artiste, father and husband says he envisions bigger things for his brand.

“I see myself building my own foundation to give back to communities. For that I move like the star I see myself as,” he added.

According to him, he works hard on maintaining his brand by doing photoshoots, videos, and working on his sense of style. “And also I stay on top of my game by keeping myself sharp so if someone sees and wants to work, they can be impressed and want to help me take what I have already to the next level.”

Cautioning his fellow artises in Liberia to take advantage of the internet and blowing their brand, he said it offers an insight on the latest trend. “The internet also helps me connect with my fans easier. Especially the people I want to work with.”

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Local Liberian Musician Barsee Mocopala Signs L$1M Deal With Dayee Records https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/local-liberian-musician-barsee-mocopala-signs-l1m-deal-with-dayee-records%ef%bf%bc/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/local-liberian-musician-barsee-mocopala-signs-l1m-deal-with-dayee-records%ef%bf%bc/#respond Fri, 06 May 2022 22:35:45 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=69877 Monrovia – In an effort to develop and improve young talents in the entertainment industry of Liberia, Dayee Records has signed a four-year record deal valued at L$1million with local artist Barsee Mocopala who goes by the stage name Papi Elephant. Both Dayee Records and Barsee Mocopala  signed the deal over the weekend in Monrovia […]]]>

Monrovia – In an effort to develop and improve young talents in the entertainment industry of Liberia, Dayee Records has signed a four-year record deal valued at L$1million with local artist Barsee Mocopala who goes by the stage name Papi Elephant.

Both Dayee Records and Barsee Mocopala  signed the deal over the weekend in Monrovia which is the first big deal by the record for a local artist.

Sensational Trapco artist Barsee the Elephant is  now legally signed to the  Record Label hi will oversee all of his recordings and promotions internationally and lically.

The rapper consider the deal as his second coming .

“Extremely excited for this new record deal. This means a whole lot to me, my family and the kraky people that support my music. It’s officially sealed and done as I take another step into a new family,”

“Much respect to my manager, Edwin Olu Bestman, my personal DJ, Snapback, Blogger Mich Mich of NKT Bloggerz and my personal photographer Marcelo. We did this together as a team. Many thanks and appreciation Gaza dem.

According to Mocopala the four years deal with Dayee’s Records will unleash the Elephant versatility, strength and power.

He said “the rebranding is over. This is the second coming of the Krykay Elephant. It’s going to be contagious,”

Dayee Records is  an independent records label based in Minnesota (USA) / Liberia. Owner/Founder/CEO Richard Dayee (AKA Daddi Rich) founded Dayee Record in 2009 because of his passion to help aspiring local artistes. His passion was so strong that he started this and is determined to make a difference in the lives of young musicians.

Dayee Records is a Liberian music company & service provider set up to create, acquire, license & monetize Liberian music globally.

Speaking during the official CEO of Dayee Records Richard Dayee thanked Barsee for e patient in agreeing such deal.

Mr. Dayee who is popularly known as Daddi Rich disclosed that the signed on bonus of one million Liberian dollars given to the artist is for him to start up and get cloths and other things that will represent the record label.

“After this signing ceremony all his recordings and promotion will be on Dayee Records,,

“On behalf of Dayee Records and my family I present this signing bonus of one million Liberian dollars to Barsee to say welcome to Dayee records this is your new family,” the CEO said.

According to Daddi Rich the signing of Barsee is a new beginning in taking Liberian musical to another level.

He disclosed that as part of their deal with Movopala, his songs will be on every platform as their way of promoting the local artist works.

Giving the Mission statement of Dayee Records it’s General Manager Fallah Briama Over 90% of Liberian artists are independent / not signed to any music Label. In comparison, 67% of artists in African, Europe and America are signed to record labels.

He asserted that  Dayee Records model is to act as a label and also licence, invest, develop and distribute music and collect payments for artists IP income globally.

Operated by its chief executive officer (CEO), Mr. Dell Davies, BAM was established in January of 2021. The company also has a clothing line based in New York, the United States of America, that is popular mainly withi the Liberian community.Speaking at the official presentation and signing ceremony on behalf of CEO Davies, BAM Local Manager, Arnold W.D. Lablah said the record label is familiar with the artist, and the company also has the expertise, abilities, industry contacts and resources to work with the artist in .Over 90% of Liberian artists are independent / not signed to any music Label. In comparison, 67% of artists in African, Europe and America are signed to record labels. The Dayee Records The company CEO is Dj Daddy Rich. Liberian-born global is set to and ready to deliver annually global listeners, amassing over 1 billion streams. Dayee Records team has unique insight into the Liberian music and understands the music culture which gives a huge advantage over the big international labels who do not have the required local insight and relationships both in the industry and the regulatory level. With the global music culture shifting, representing, and developing artists is a matter of trust and which requires a non-traditional model of music investment. Dayee Records is a company built by a Dj and an artist with an artist-first mindset which has helped build models that defy the current label operations culture including non-ownership of masters, earnings advance model and earnings transparency which is very important to Liberian Artists and building trust.The Global Annual 2020 annual digital revenue from African music is estimated to be $120 million and is forecast to grow at 13% CAGR annually. Dayee Records will join this growth and bring Liberian music to the world.

“Dayee Records will help artist monetize their work, and also sign distribution deals for independent artists. Get on board, we are a truly dedicated label that will get your music heard,” Braima said.

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Using Music as a tool for Social Change in Liberia https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/using-music-as-a-tool-for-social-change-in-liberia%ef%bf%bc/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/using-music-as-a-tool-for-social-change-in-liberia%ef%bf%bc/#respond Mon, 31 Jan 2022 08:25:00 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=67010 MONROVIA — Young people from across Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, and Fiamah Community- Monrovia, Montserrado County, gathered separately in their numbers on the 24th and 30th of December 2021, to participate and witness two separate musical concerts funded by ‘Music in Africa’, and organized by Accountability Lab Liberia Voice2Rept Campaign, with performances from 16 […]]]>

MONROVIA — Young people from across Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, and Fiamah Community- Monrovia, Montserrado County, gathered separately in their numbers on the 24th and 30th of December 2021, to participate and witness two separate musical concerts funded by ‘Music in Africa’, and organized by Accountability Lab Liberia Voice2Rept Campaign, with performances from 16 local artists from the Liberian Hip-Co Accountability Network.

‘Voice to Represent’ (Voice2Rep) is Accountability Lab’s pioneering and reformative musical campaign and advocacy platform that promotes issues around integrity, accountability and good governance through the lenses of a more equal participation and greater representation across Liberia. Its goal is for young and undiscovered artists to build their knowledge, skills and get the connections they need to improve their music and use it to advocate for social change. Hip-Co Accountability Network on the other hand is a group on young national artists (male and female) who consider themselves ‘conscious musicians’, using a mixture of ‘hip-hop’ music and the Liberian ‘koloqua’ (pidgin) to preach about a wide range of social issues, including; equality, opportunities for youth, including participation.

The Concerts

The concerts tagged, “Vioce2Rep-Music for Advocacy” were staged in Monrovia and Buchanan cities (Liberia’s first and second capital cities). On the 24th and 30th of December, 2021 about 600 young people were combined in the two locations mentioned came together to enjoy a night of fun with Hip-Co music. Amongst a host of other musical performances and artists, the songs “Limbo” and “It’s in your hands” were written and performed by 16  local artists from the Hip-Co Accountability Network. The artists on Limbo were nine, including; Amaze (Hip-co Accountability Network Ambassador), Super 7, Philipino, Theoto, Oluwa Banks, Waste Dem, Corina, Birthday Suit, and K-Tol, and the artists on, “In Your Hands” were Amaze, the Hip-Co Accountability Network Ambassador, Keri, Philipino, D-man, Lovelogy, Waste Dem, Pop Daddy, and Lady Hifi. The messages of the songs focused on national elections issues. The intended audience-the youth, were reminded to thoroughly examine those who are aspiring for elected offices and to carefully study their platforms. The messages further warned the youth not to sell their votes for rice or money, but also to hold those elected leaders to their campaign promises that would benefits their communities and the future of the country. The messages of the songs further spoke about ways to promote the citizens responsibilities and active civic participation for community and societal development.

Reaching the Youths

As a means of getting the message out to the public about the concert, Accountability Lab Liberia organized and staged two massive awareness campaigns in both Buchanan and Monrovia cities. The activities included; a day long street musical publicity with a public address system mounted in a vehicle and paraded through the major streets in Buchanan City and Fiamah Community, Sinkor in Monrovia were carried out throughout Sinkor and Fiamah communities, and included sharing of the concert flyers with specific information about the events. AL Liberia also shared the soft copies of the flyers on their social media pages and within their networks and with partners. Alongside the flyers, AL Liberia produced and aired the promotional jingles on radio Gbezohn in Buchanan and OKAT FM in Monrovia.

Participants Responses

Here are the voices from some of the participants at the Buchanan and Monrovia concerts explaining what they understood from the songs, and what it means to them.

  1. “The message I got is very clear, around the world there are challenges but in Liberia our case is worse, no system. People we expect to improve our system are refusing to do it for their own selfish interest. We need to change our minds and attitudes, vote for good leaders and better Liberia”. – D. Dorley, Monrovia
  • “The music is educative, it brought out things we need to know that the government and our leaders should do for us. I hope this music will be widely spread on social media platforms for more people to listen to it, especially the youth, to vote the right leaders come 2023”. – P. Somah, Monrovia
  • “The message I got was to be able to think critically on how to vote during elections, especially the upcoming 2023 election, and not to vote for t-shirts or rice given by politicians”. King D, Buchanan
  • “The main message I go was to vote wisely and to vote for my future, as the person I vote for can help or destroy the future generations”. C. Brown,Buchanan

As the 2023 presidential general and presidential elections draws nearer, Accountability Lab Liberia believes that the youths needs to be actively engage, as they constitute about 60% of the population and are most time easily influenced by politicians during election periods. Campaigns like the Voice2rep-Music in Africa will continue to advocate for social justice equality, accountability

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Capacity Building for Local Artists-HipCo Accountability Network https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/capacity-building-for-local-artists-hipco-accountability-network%ef%bf%bc/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/capacity-building-for-local-artists-hipco-accountability-network%ef%bf%bc/#respond Mon, 31 Jan 2022 08:23:43 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=66956 MONROVIA — “Civic Participation and Collaboration” are two key strategies I learned about today during this workshop that stood out for me as a musician. Giving back to the society is high on my advocacy agenda especially now that we have general elections coming up 2023. I am working on a civil education song to […]]]>

MONROVIA — “Civic Participation and Collaboration” are two key strategies I learned about today during this workshop that stood out for me as a musician. Giving back to the society is high on my advocacy agenda especially now that we have general elections coming up 2023. I am working on a civil education song to sensitize citizens to be aware of politician fake promises during elections, as they are not in our interest – Thomas Moserary, alias Theoto, one of the workshop participants and a member of the Hip-Co accountability network.

 Accountability Lab Liberia Voice2Rep campaign initiative, with support from The Music in African Foundation, provided a platform to engage The Hip-Co Accountability network and artists, to build the capacity of 16 musicians; to promote messaging around civic participation through young artists and community radio stations; and to create linkages among different artists for cross collaboration, learning and advocacy.

‘Voice to Represent’ (Voice2Rep) is Accountability Lab’s pioneering and reformative musical campaign and advocacy platform that promotes issues around integrity, accountability and good governance through the lenses of a more equal participation and greater representation across Liberia. Its goal is for young and undiscovered artists to build their knowledge, skills and get the connections they need to improve their music and use it to advocate for social change. Hip-Co Accountability Network on the other hand is a group on young national artists (male and female) who consider themselves ‘conscious musicians’, using a mixture of ‘hip-hop’ music and the Liberian ‘colokwa’ (pidgin) to preach about a wide range of social issues, including; equality, opportunities for youth, including participation.

On December 17, 2021, all the 16 the Artists and two experienced development facilitators gathered for a full day of capacity building training covering the following two topics, “Needs and Rights Based Advocacy and Campaign, and Civic Participation”. The training was held at the iCampus Accountability Lab Liberia’s office on Carey Street in Monrovia. The training reinforced the ideals of conscious music where artists’ skills were built on how to use their authentic voices around critical social issues of equality, youth opportunities, accountability and transparency including civic participation using music as an advocacy tool.

AL Liberia carried out a learning evaluation (a pre and post-test) involving all 16 participants to be able to measure change in knowledge and understanding after the workshop. The evaluation test results showed a 100% increase in knowledge. Each participant scored better on the post-test, with an average difference of 47% between the pre and post-test scores. The test had a total of 20 multiple choice questions drawn from the 2 topics covered.

Now, after the civic participation and advocacy training, it is hoped that the Voice2Rep campaign in Liberia, in collaboration with the Hip-Co Accountability Network partners will continue to push for a shift in the norms by using their authentic voices around critical issue in ways that will ultimately help to create the Liberia we all want to live in.

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Top 7 Iconic Music Videos Directed by Jackie Russ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/top-7-iconic-music-videos-directed-by-jackie-russ/ https://frontpageafricaonline.com/entertainment/top-7-iconic-music-videos-directed-by-jackie-russ/#respond Sun, 12 Dec 2021 00:16:48 +0000 https://frontpageafricaonline.com/?p=65246 Alex Nyenga, alias, Jackie Russ has enjoyed a seven-year stint as a videographer which has put him behind the camera of numerous memorable Liberian music videos, earning him several nominations and awards. He has again proven himself as a top-notch video director over the past months, which has landed him nominations for the 2021 MTN […]]]>

Alex Nyenga, alias, Jackie Russ has enjoyed a seven-year stint as a videographer which has put him behind the camera of numerous memorable Liberian music videos, earning him several nominations and awards.

He has again proven himself as a top-notch video director over the past months, which has landed him nominations for the 2021 MTN – Liberian Music Awards (MLMA) for Best Music Videographer and the 2021 Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA) for Video Director of The Year.

Even if Jackie Russ is not a familiar face, he is definitely a household name who has worked with many top Liberian artists and influential celebrities. One of his unhighlighted gesture is that he gifted Caroline M. Moore, better known as MC Caro with her first ever music video for her song “Bring Our Money Back” in 2018.

Here is a look at the top seven iconic music videos directed by Jackie Russ.

7. Christoph Ft. Margas – Hold Your Polaruh (2016)

“Hold Your Polaruh” was directed by Christoph and filmed by Jackie Russ. The Nyenga brothers collaborated on arguably one of the most trending Liberian songs in 2016. The video shows some pool scenes and other surroundings, but also provides a scenery that frowns on the abuse of men on women.

6. C-Jay – My Vow (2018)

After debuting his career with the hit song “Boss Chick”, C-Jay’s label, Bilikon Entertainment, turned to Jackie Russ to film “My Vow”, another song that quickly rose favorable amongst music lovers.

5. Christoph Ft. Quincy B – Too Talking (2018)

The official audio track came out in 2017, but due to the death of Quincy B few months after the song’s release, along with few other complications, the video was not released until April 2018. The video reminds fans how impactful Quincy B was during his time alive, and portrayed some acting scenes from Christoph.

4. Peaches Ft. Christoph & Takun J – You Frisky Ehn (2020)

Whenever old skool blends with new skool, it always turns out to be a classic. Majority of the scenes were filmed up Ducor Palace Hotel, one of Liberia’s historic buildings. The song’s visual also displays some dance moves from the King of Hip Co, Takun J.

3. Faithvonic Ft. T.Crack & Kpanto – Bounce On You (2021)

The song was produced by one of Liberia’s renowned producers, Stoneluck Shine, and features two heavy street jamboree favourites, T. Crack and Kpanto. It was dropped in October 2020 and played a role in Liberia’s 2020/2021 County Meet, as fans had something to dance and cheer to while supporting their respective counties. The video was released in early 2021.

2. TeddyRide Ft. DJ Blue – Pray For Me (2020)

An award nominated masterpiece for both audio and visual, “Pray For Me” was an absolute banger in 2020. The video was filmed by Jackie Russ and executively produced by Mr. Johnny Kephe.

1. Natif – Story (2021)

“Story” is arguably one of the most talked about Liberian songs in 2021, and Natif decided to team up with Jackie Russ on the concept for this explicit video. The video is rated 18 for parental guardians with scenes of nudity. It also features comedian, Angel Michael for guest appearance.

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