Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In what has been one of the lengthiest musical rivalries in Sierra Leone’s entertainment industry, Kaodenero and LAJ are putting aside their differences to collaborate on a peace song, marking the end of a prolonged battle.
The feud between the two artists dates back to 2009 when LAJ released his famous “Money Na Bank” tune remix, featuring Kaodenero. The Red Flag Movement (RFM) CEO, LAJ, took offense at the lyrics of Kaodenero in that song, interpreting them as a direct attack on his personality. Since then, the two hip-hop artists have engaged in a fierce musical battle, not only to showcase their lyrical prowess but also to win the hearts of their fans.
This musical rivalry has not only caused a rift between the two artists but has also led to violence among their respective fan bases whenever they crossed paths. Adding to the complexities, LAJ, the RFM Boss, has spent almost a year behind bars at the Pa Demba Road Correctional Centre due to legal conflicts.
In a surprising turn of events, Sierra Leone’s Entertainment Ambassador, Kaodenero, extended an olive branch by visiting LAJ in prison. Following a friendly conversation facilitated by the Minister of Information and Civic Education, Chernor Bah, the two artists have decided to collaborate on a peace song.
Kaodenero took to his Facebook page to break the news, stating, “I had the opportunity to visit my brother, LAJ, in prison, and it turned out to be a truly special and uplifting experience.” He revealed that during their time together, they had a meaningful discussion on various topics and were granted permission to record a new song titled “Peace,” produced by the talented Lordmo D Goldenfingers.
“The song ‘Peace,’ in which I feature LAJ, not only reflects my perspectives and efforts but also highlights the endeavours of fellow entertainers and stakeholders in advocating for LAJ’s freedom,” Kaodenero explained. He expressed anticipation for President Julius Maada Bio’s pardon and emphasized that the song aims to promote unity among their fans and peace in the nation, especially in these politically challenging times.
Kaodenero conveyed his belief in the transformative power of music, stating, “Throughout our hour-long conversation, my brother LAJ expressed dedication to change, embracing principles of peace, love, and unity.” He concluded with the hope that the upcoming release of “Peace” sparks a broader conversation about positive change, emphasizing the role of creative art in promoting unity and understanding in society. MJB/27/12/2023