One of Sierra Leone’s most popular music and performance artistes, Sfano Njawa Sesay aka ‘General Sfano’, will today release his 10-track musical album titled, ‘Everybody Must Farm’. The album will be marketed nationwide by the Sierra Leone Compact Disc Sellers Association (SLCDSA) based in Freetown.
In an interview with the King of Pop in Sierra Leone, he disclosed that his group’s intention is to closely work with the government of Sierra Leone – through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) – to promote the concept of food sufficiency and security among Sierra Leoneans through music and entertainment.
He said he established the Sfano-Michael Jackson Children’s Development Fund immediately after the death of America’s Michael Joseph Jackson to help keep the memories and legacies of the late King of Pop alive. He said the foundation also seeks to raise funds to help the less fortunate children in the country.
“Food security for the children and people of this country is our primary objective,” General Sfano said, adding that working with the government of Sierra Leone – through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security and other relevant stakeholders in the agriculture sector – is a pleasure for him and members of his group.
It was reported that General Sfano and the Public Relations Officer and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture, Abu Bakarr Daramy, early this year engaged in a popular radio program on Culture Radio FM 104.5 where the artiste first unveiled the song, ‘Everybody Must Farm’, for the public to get a feel of it and then judge it.
The theme song was widely acclaimed by listeners of the program, a development that convinced members of the Ministry of Agriculture, especially the minister Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay, to support the implementation of the project.
PRO Daramy was quoted as saying that the work put into the album by General Sfano was commendable as he possesses the skills to promote the food security initiative of the ministry.
“Eighty-nine percent of the land space in Sierra Leone needs investment through agriculture, and the ‘Everybody Must Farm’ campaign will help convince people to invest their resources in agriculture,” Daramy was quoted to have remarked. “We are calling on the public to fully support the Ministry of Agriculture and General Sfano’s initiative of ‘Everybody Must Farm’.”
President of the Cassette Sellers Association, Ibrahim Saio Sesay, expressed his pleasure in working with the popular ‘Sierra Leone Michael Jackson’ in the launch of his new album. He said copies of the album will be available for distribution and that the lyrics of the songs have met people’s expectations.
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay, is reported to be pleased with the work of ‘General Sfano’, especially for promoting the goals of his ministry like addressing hunger and poverty, joblessness and food self-sufficiency, among others.
General Sfano plans to stage nationwide performances to popularize the album, targeting primary and secondary schools, colleges and other tertiary institutions.