From Guns To Reason


Now comes the time to vote for your favorite DJ, the March 2016 Liberia Entertainment Awards is in process and nominations are out. Countless DJs ‘smashed’ it this past year and a vast number of DJ sets played and were heard all around the world. But here are two reasons why Georgio Chea Queah, commonly known as DJ Weego Zico, Fresh Boy Dot Com, might be voted for.

You may be struck by one thought: almost every person on LEA’s ‘Best DJ’ list is huge! Point is, music is a big world, with a lot of DJs in it; and while there are five DJs being nominated for LEA, it’s only a slice of the vast and ever-growing community of Liberian artists.

DJ Weego Zico, who likes being called Fresh Boy, is one of the originators of the slogan and now genre of music called Hip-Co. That’s a peak for him and one of the reasons why he’s one of Liberia’s most popular celebrity DJ.

“HIP-CO was started by my late colleague, DJ Summertime, and I after we started the foundation LIB Records. First we called it colloqua, but realized there is a ‘Hip’ world in America, Ghana, Nigeria and all parts of the world and decided to start the revolution of Hip-Co music,” he said.

Furthermore, Fresh Boy has been rolling with whatever life threw at him since 1990; and it’s surprising that it’s taken until 2016 for him to start climbing the “Best DJ” list – proof that his Hip-Co playlist and slogan has become as popular as ever.

A second reason why Fresh Boy might hold the crown as this year’s most valuable DJ is the fact that he put his gun down when he had to, literally.

During Liberia’s vicious civil war, when hundreds of thousands of people were injured, lost their lives and were displaced, Fresh Boy did what he had to do to survive; like most of the ‘child soldiers’ who took up arms to find food for their beloved relatives did.

“Back then I was very much aggressive, because we the children were living the free life. You had to use the guns to survive and I did that because I was a minor and innocent. I know that holding guns was not a good thing. Today I can admit that I was a child solider and fought for Charles
Taylor in Tubmanburg and controlled there along with Grand Cape Mount County; but that’s not me, I only did it ‘cause I was forced to,” he admitted.

While the war ended with a truce years after he took up arms, Fresh Boy and crew started a project called “Lay down your guns and go to school” and eventually went from holding guns to being one of the most loved DJs, music promoter and advocates.

“I went through the National Readjustment Commission, Amos Sawyer was the interim president then, and was counseled for 100 days after the war was over. There is no way in the world I can ever go back to those days because I am a man with the mind of a man who has feelings. I wouldn’t hurt a fly in this day and age,” he added

For him, being loved by so many people today is a blessing, and instead of using violence or allowing himself to be manipulated into hurting others or himself, he advocates against violence and what it can result to.

“Violence did nothing for me. At the end I have become an important role model for so many youths, and I didn’t have to hold a gun to get this love. For free, I will tell you I’ve changed; I feel proud to say it,” he jubilated.

Meanwhile, it has been an impressive year for the DJ who’s holding his crown. Being a Liberian DJ is clearly his priority, and he does it so well. Supporting Liberian artists all over the world, Fresh Boy has closed the bridge between the way international and local Liberian artists work together, and should take credit for building that bridge-way.

Voting ends in March. Cast your vote now and partake in history.


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