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All roads lead to Tokeh Beach TODAY: Kao Denero and Kaligraph Jones in Black To My Root Music Festival

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All roads lead to Tokeh Beach TODAY: Kao Denero and Kaligraph Jones in Black To My Root Music Festival
All roads lead to Tokeh Beach TODAY: Kao Denero and Kaligraph Jones in Black To My Root Music Festival

Entertainment Ambassador Amara Denis Turay popularly known as Kao Denero set to host one of the biggest music festivals in Sierra Leone hosting a popular rapper based in Kenya Kalighph Jones.

The show is titled Back My Root a festival that encourages the homecoming of all Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora. This year’s festival would be graced by Kalighph Jones one of the biggest hip-hop icons in Africa who was having a friendly mic battle with Kao Denero.

The festival which the Office of The Entertainment and Investment Ambassador collaborated with the Ministry of Tourism is scheduled to take place today and is full of varieties of performances ranging from welcome custom dances, local drumming, traditional dance move, and a sequel of performances from Sierra Leone artist both home and abroad.
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The festival is an all-night performance with a star-stud presence that will take place at Tokeh Beach.

Kao Denero (Amara Dennis Turay) is a Sierra Leonean hip-hop artist. He was born in Lungi township, Port Loko District in Sierra Leone. He attended St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown. His parents separated at 13

His third album ‘King of Africa’ (2005) was very successful, leading to his adoption of the title as a nickname. His first album was ‘Black Leo 4 Life’ (2003). He hit the limelight with the release of his second album, ‘Stories From Freetown’, which had the hit single ‘Emonah’ featuring Big Joe. The song won the Best Hip-Hop Song at the Premier Music Awards.

He has also released the albums ‘Freetown’s Most Wanted’ and ‘A New Beginning’.

Khaligraph started his musical career while still in elementary school. He officially began his career in 2008 at a function called “Words And Pictures.”

He won Channel O Music Video Awards Emcee Africa in 2009, a highly visible competition that catapulted him to international acclaim almost instantly.

In June 2018, he released his debut full-length studio album dubbed “Testimony 1990”.

He was crowned “Best Rap Act of the Year” at the fifth Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards 2018 (Afrimma) held at House of Blues in Dallas, Texas in 2018.

He was named the best Hip Hop act at the Soundcity MVP Awards in January 2020. The ceremony took place at the Eko Convention Center in Lagos, Nigeria.

In 2020 he was nominated for the BET Awards.[18][19] His nomination was for the Best International Flow category. He was up against South Africa’s Nasty C, Brazil’s DJonga, Ivorian Kaaris and eventual winner, grime rapper Stormzyfrom the UK. In May 2021 he was named the East African Rapper of the Year at MTN Uganda.

In 2021, Khaligraph partnered with Odibets, a sports betting company under their Odimtaani initiative to launch the ‘OdiNare’ rap challenge.


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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.