Freetown, SIERRA LEONE — Musicians, show promoters, and entertainers spanning from Makeni to Kenema find themselves grappling with the repercussions of the nationwide curfew imposed by the Sierra Leonean government in response to heightened state security concerns following a failed coup attempt.
Scheduled music concerts and entertainment events slated from November 29 to December 1 have been indefinitely postponed, resulting in substantial financial losses for those involved in the entertainment sector. Among those affected is Big Morse, a musician who made a transition from the banking sector in Makeni. His management, AVO Music, announced on Friday that concerts in Magburaka and Kenema, originally set for December 1st and December 9th, respectively, have been put on hold until further notice.
In an exclusive interview with Awoko Newspaper, Big Morse underscored the financial implications of this decision. While not disclosing the exact amount, he acknowledged a significant expenditure on promotion and preparation for both shows. “The postponement will incur additional expenses to keep the public informed and make necessary arrangements,” he explained. Morse revealed that 74% of their initial budget of NLe 11,850 had already been utilized as planned by last week. He emphasized the need to revise their budget and implement additional measures for the seamless execution of the concerts in Magburaka and Kenema, events that were highly anticipated prior to the unforeseen incident.
Expressing optimism for a swift return to normalcy, Big Morse called on the government to support the entertainment industry. He urged authorities to create an enabling environment for entertainers to host shows nationwide during the festive season, a time traditionally considered lucrative for the industry. Morse believes that this support would allow entertainers to thrive and make the most of their events, providing much-needed relief after the recent setbacks. ARW/2/12/2023