Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T. (by thnkrtv)
15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.
New Sounds Of Africa: Sorie Kondi
Sorie Kondi is a blind singer and Kondi virtuoso (he adopted his instrument’s name as his own) from Sierra Leone. There’s nothing fancy about his production and no team of musicians to distract from the simplicity his compositions. His songs, like “Without Money, No Family” above, are about his tough but resilient life. He also crafts a majority of his own instruments.
Kondi has been invited to the American festival South By Southwest but needs help with travel expenses.
Visit his Kickstarter Page to help bring this great sound stateside.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars - Rise & Shine Preview
Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of bloody warfare. Since then, audiences around the world have embraced the band and their utterly extraordinary story.
On their forthcoming album, Rise & Shine, the All Stars sound, as well as their biography, evolves further; the music finds them establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching story (The Los Angeles Times).
Watch the PBS trailer (graphic content warning).
Sounds for a Monday afternoon.
Dj Logic does a great remix of tracks from the great Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.
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