The Godfather of modern-day Sierra Leonean showbiz and entertainment, Jimmy Bangura a.k.a. ‘Jimmy B’ yesterday handed over a Platinum plaque to Sierra Leone’s sensational musician, Emmerson Bockarie for hitting an excess of 50,000 copies of his latest album ‘2 Fut Arata’ or two-legged rat.
Jimmy B also presented a Le 40 million-cheque to the Chief Executive Officer of Bodyguard’s Studio, Emyrs Savage who produced the record-making album. While presenting the cheque at his Paradise Distribution Company headquarters in Freetown, Jimmy encouraged other artistes to seek to follow suit. “We want in the near future more and more artists would receive platinum and triple platinum status” he said.
He said the idea for the award was to foster transparency to see how the sales and distribution of music was fairing on, adding that 2 Fut Arara still remained one of the fastest-selling album on the market.
He urged the artiste and his producer to not rest on their laurels, and thanked the Bodyguard Producer saying but for him, Paradise Distribution would not be what it is today.
Beaming with a glowing smile, Fisher thanked God for making the occasion possible and thanked Jimmy for “keeping the trust and confidence” he had in him.
He also thanked the record-setting Emmerson, saying it had not been an easy ride. “Thank God we have come this far” he said.
Fisher also expressed appreciation to members of the Bodyguard Studio whom he said had contributed immensely to Bodyguard’s success.
“I know that with people like Jimmy B doing distribution for us, we are going to realize our aim which will create the enabling environment for us to be able to provide more and more equipment to take Sierra Leonean music to another level. A level that we’re all hoping for,” Fisher said.
He said he would use the money to improve on Bodyguard, assuring that the next time another Emmerson album was out, it would be of a superior quality. The charming Emmerson, whose red lips gleamed on his dark face, sat cross-legged as he averred in a baritone voice a statement of appreciation. He thanked his family for giving “their support”, and King Fisher who he said brought him to the limelight. “Without him Sierra Leone and the world at large would not have known me” he said humbly.