Logie E. Wright M.R. (1927 2001) was a Sierra Leonean musician, music educator, music scholar, conductor and composer who over a period of over forty years made the most significant contribution to the development of Music Education in Sierra Leone to date.
His retirement project, The Ballanta Academy of Music is a physical memorial to Logie Wright’s contribution to musical performance and appreciation in Sierra Leone.
Echo of Voice is a compilation of his work including anthems and settings of psalms in Krio and English, hymn tunes, carols and arrangements of local songs. His anthem ‘Hymn of Adoration’, with words by Professor Eldred Jones, and which was written on the occasion of the consecration of the late Right Reverend Prince Thompson as Bishop of Freetown, has been performed by nearly all the main Church choirs in Freetown. He harmonized and arranged the original version of the Sierra Leone National Anthem.
The publication also includes a tribute and 2 poems written on his death in 2001 as well as biographical and background information about the scores.
Echo of Voice was launched to huge acclaim on the 3rd of May 2011 at the British Council Tower Hill in Freetown.
The Launch ceremony was hosted by Mr. Oluniyi Robbin-Coker and included a Memorial & Thanksgiving Service led by The Rev. Canon Dr. Modupeh Taylor-Pearce. The audience was made up of family, friends, Sierra Leonean musicians, ex-colleagues and students of the late Logie Wright. They included Professor Eldred Jones who wrote the Foreword to ‘Echo of Voice’ and his wife Marjorie. Guests were greeted by musicians from The Sierra Leone Dance Troupe, led by Kelei Player extraordinaire Mr. Lansana Kelfala, one of the original musicians selected by Logie Wright for the first international award winning troupe in the early 1960’s.
Following a rousing rendition of Logie’s arrangement of the National Anthem, Logie’s nephew Mr. Rowland Wright welcomed the guests on behalf of the Wright family. The current British Council Country Director Louisa Waddingham spoke about Logie’s close relationship with the British Council over the years and read a special message from one of her predecessors, Honor Flanagan.
The audience of over 250 invited guests was also treated to excerpts from the book by Krio poet Mrs. Daphne Pratt and by The Music Makers who were conducted by Logie’s former colleague and friend Dr. Kitty Fadlu-Deen. Dr. Fadlu-Deen and some of his former students also shared some amusing anecdotes and remiscences. F0llowing this presentation about the contents of the book by Dr Mike Ford, Logie’s doctor and friend, the publication was formally launched by Mr. Tani Pratt with his own reflections on Logie his long time friend and his music. 3 singed copies of the book were auctioned by Dr. Ebi May-Parker to the highest bidders and the rest of the stock sold to members of the audience at the end of the event.
The programme wound down with Logie’s widow, Lulu reading an excerpt from the book, ‘Oceanic Cantabile’, a poem by renowned writer Syl Cheney-Coker. Logie’s daughter, Lynette Adjei, who compiled and edited ‘Echo of Voice’ gave a Vote of Thanks and the programme ended with the film ‘Logie’s Legacy’ in which his 4 grandchildren, who were unable to travel from the UK to Sierra Leone for the ceremony, performed on a variety of instruments showing that their grandfather’s gifts live on.
Before their refreshments, the audience was left with images of Logie indulging in one of his other passions, dancing his last waltz with Lulu at a Ballroom Dance Fundraising evening at The Ballanta Academy a few weeks before his death.