By Amin Kef Sesay – 20 August 2019
Madam Amie Kallon, one of the Eastern Region legends in cultural songs and dance has on the 19th August, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs at her King Harman Road office in Freetown to discuss the way forward towards promoting the creative industry in not only Kenema District but also the Eastern Region as a whole.
Flanked by her team, Madam Kallon, Proprietor of a group called Siabehuna Cultural Group said she has got a piece of land in Kenema where she trains young talented cultural singers and dancers as well as for art and craft works in the form of skills training.
“I’m kindly seeking support from Government to boost my institution. I’m taking this venture to address past mistakes done by other talented singers like the late Salia Koroma, Isata Nyambay, Jebbeh Two and others who died with their talents and without leaving any recognised replacement as a legacy.” She further revealed that she has released an uncountable number of albums on culture since she started her career in 1961.
Mr. Abu Kallon, her Personal Assistant, called on Government to consider the provinces when nominating artists for international outings on culture and heritage promotion. This is because, according Mr. Abu Kallon, their group has never been given such an opportunity.
The Minister Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt appreciated the effort of Madam Amie Kallon and her team and promised of her intention to forward their message to President Bio since the move, according to her, is geared towards Youth Empowerment and Heritage Promotion for sustainable tourism growth and development in Sierra Leone.