The International Music Day (IMD) initiated in 1975 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to encourage: the promotion of musical art among all sections of society, was celebrated yesterday 1st October by the Ballanta Academy of music.
The celebrations ended with a cultural music parade and music performance at academy at Liverpool Street, after a lively procession through the main streets of Freetown.
Ballanta’s Director Kitty Fadlu-Deen explained to Awoko that 1st October was dedicated by UNESCO as an IMD. She explained, “it is a day to spare time to think about how music is important in and out of our lives.”
Sierra Leone Music Union, Dr Fadlu-Deen explained, “is a young organization, we want to advertise ourselves to tell people we are musicians and we do exist.”
The reason for the poor turnout, she explained, is because “our membership does not include all of the artists, only few of them namely: Jimmy B and Lawrence Macauley aka Shadrack.”
She continued, “our Union is unique, because it is inclusive: dancers and singers are members of our Union.”
“We have to work hard to encourage people outside Freetown to hang heads and see how we can observe this day nationwide,” she said.