Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In an earnest and candid Facebook video, Lawyer Abu Bakarr Turay, popularly known as Kabaka, and the owner of Kabaka Multimedia Entertainment, addressed the growing queries surrounding the annual pan-African event, EcoFest. Regrettably, Kabaka announced the indefinite postponement of the event, attributing the decision to the lack of a suitable large-capacity venue.
The music executive acknowledged the significant losses incurred last year when, in his pursuit of continuity, he organized the festival at the Sierra Leone Football Association Academy’s pitch. This decision was necessitated by the unavailability of the Siaka Steven stadium, undergoing renovations at the time.
During the nearly one-hour live video, Kabaka shared the challenges he has faced since the inception of his label five years ago. He passionately detailed his vision for an enhanced entertainment industry, which involved bringing trending talents to share stages with Sierra Leonean entertainers, acting as a catalyst for their careers on a continental scale.
Expressing frustration, Kabaka voiced concerns about the consistent lack of support, negative backchanneling, and what he described as improperly constituted policies and supervisory bodies with limited understanding of the business side of the industry. He emphasized the need for collective sacrifice to uplift the entertainment sector.
In conclusion, Kabaka questioned the readiness of entertainers themselves, highlighting their susceptibility to political influences that seep into their conduct and work. Despite the challenges, Kabaka remains dedicated to his vision, urging for a more supportive and understanding environment within the Sierra Leonean entertainment industry.
The announcement of EcoFest’s postponement serves as a moment for reflection on the intricacies of the entertainment landscape in Sierra Leone. Kabaka’s openness about the challenges faced by his label and the industry at large invites a constructive dialogue on how to overcome these hurdles and foster a thriving and collaborative entertainment sector in the country. PSN/25/11/2023