The West African nation of Sierra Leone prides itself in churning out some of the best creative people in the world.
Isha Sesay, one of the most treasured journalists at the American cable network CNN, is a typical Sierra Leonean success story. All over the world, more Sierra Leoneans are excelling in their chosen fields of trade.
One such pot of Sierra Leonean gold is 22 year-old singer, model and actress Heyden Adama Bangura. She perfectly fits into that definition of a torchbearer, and national asset.
A successful young lady who is slowly but surely becoming a known figure in the world of modeling and music, Bangura does a good job of keeping her name up there.
Staying relevant in these trades can be daunting and challenging but as determined as she is; she’s created her own parameters, and has a loyal fan-base already.
Bangura shuttles between the United States of America and Sierra Leone, managing to adjust to two different cultures.
The sexy and beautiful singer got her first recording deal with Jmac Records in 2011. This came after her highly successful debut single Fit en Gbet (Just Perfect), which won her a SLMTV (Sierra Leone Music on Television) award. Her other single Love is Blind is still receiving massive rotation nationwide.
Fit en Gbet brought her nationwide fame. She became one of Sierra Leone’s most adored artistes at the time. Bangura’s style of music is one that adopts a rather laid-back yet eclectic mix of genres in Reggae, R&B, and Afrobeats, which in itself is a subtle mix of traditional African rhythms.
Her music is heavy on consciousness and projects Africa in a very positive light. Bangura’s debut album is set for release in a few months, and will have benefitted from the experience of some of Africa’s best producers. The album will be handled by Boxx Productions, her new label.
Bangura’s has said several times that her inspiration to do music comes from some of the world’s best singers including South Africa’s Brenda Fassie, as well as Rihanna. Fassie’s hold on music for instance, Bangura has said, is amazing and flawless, making it easy for her to tap into the inspiration she needs.
So how did Bangura get into music? Some years ago, on one of her regular trips to Sierra Leone, Bangura got invited by a friend to a studio. And that was it. It marked the beginning of what would go on to become, a huge local and international testimony.