President Sirleaf and Dr. Tipoteh gave the audience a few bars of The Lone Star Forever, after his solo performance at the Liberia National Academy of Music Independence Peace Festival on Sunday

If you were not there, you missed something very good. The just ended Independence Day peace festival lived up to it promises as it offered unforgettable live performances and soulful music to the audience throughout the event.

From spectacles and electrifying spellbound performances from the Liberia Premier Choral Society to Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, the surprise that pulled the audience to their feet, and others performer thrilled and mesmerized the audience with their smooth, sultry and unique voices.

And here are some of the things we spotted along the way: Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh created his own legend’s slot – When Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh took to the stage, many people never taught that his voice was as good and powerful.

The Liberia Premier Choral Society

But that changed when he took the stage and started to sing ‘Pahn-gahn-mihni-ni ya-bo-ya,’ which saw everyone, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, dancing and singing along. That was not all, the smooth man of words even took the president’s hand, and she was gracious enough to oblige to a dance. You know, that old school king of dance. Yep, if you were not there, you really missed out.

The Apostolic Faith Orchestra

The Apostolic Orchestra rocked the stage – Yes indeed, the Apostolic Orchestra did rock the stage. Although Dr. Tipoteh was the one that pulled the crowd, the orchestra’s performance also caught the attention of the audience. The group, made of mostly youngsters, killed it, especially ‘Praise ye the Lord.’ They were at their best and would rival any orchestra. They were really that good.

The President – Hmmm, one may ask, the President again? Yes, we need to talk about her for two reasons. First of all it is difficult to see the President attending an ordinary music show, and when she did, like this one, she gave her all, and was supportive.

Secondly, it was the president that led the entire crowd to the give their all. She was super supportive, motivating and exceptional that night. She got moves too, y’all.

Afterwards, everyone requested that the event should be held again…I hope to see that happen.

The concert was organized by the Liberia National Academy of Music Independence and Peace Festival under the Theme: “Awake and Build our Motherland” and was staged at the Monrovia City Hall Theater.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Yes indeed! there are many many untapped talents of this genre in Liberia, only yearning for the support and opportunities for enhancement and exposure. If only we could provide the nurturing environment, free of violence and exploitation in all manners and forms, some of these kids could have a shot at stardom too, and not only on our continent, but international as well. Not to mention the organizers, teachers, mentors and sponsors of groups like these, they too deserve so much kudos for the personal sacrifices most often financial in keeping these little groups going. If Diaspora Liberians could organize annual fundraisers to benefit groups of this nature, or schools, or orphanages, or various hospitals, etc., I’m sure that could be one speckle to soften the hearts of our people in Liberia, to embrace the quest for “dual citizenship.” “…Just saying,” too. …Carpe diem!

  2. In his 2012 book “Brain Trust”, a result of interviews with 93 scientists in various disciplines, author Garth Sundem reports the following: “A Gallup survey of 153 countries found that a country’s overall happiness was a better predictor of its population’s charitable giving than was wealth… Interestingly, while people in poorer countries were less likely to give money, they were more likely than people in richer nations to help strangers, with Liberians being the world’s most – stranger – friendly”.

    Yes, you read that right, the citizens of Liberia top planet earth in friendliness to strangers! And that’s a postwar assessment; no wonder we prefer felicity to friction until you take us for freaking fools.

    Which brings me to the reported spellbound duet of the late 1970’s champion of the masses and the beguiling Iron Lady who emasculated their hopes with unfathomable betrayal. During this period of government uncertainty, consequence of pending defining elections, and, apparent, public anxiety, a cynic could conclude that the spectacle was a tragi – comedy. But we Liberians are mostly idealists, so such scenes of felicitousness and hilarity bring smiles to our faces and make our hearts flutter.

    After all, if feuding American politicians sometimes forget polarization and angst to go to the Kennedy Centre in order to hear musical compositions from the best their country can offer; why not us? Thanks EJS and TNT, too much crisis/ tension in the town – we need laughter to not go crazy!

  3. It breaks my heart to see these young Liberians, despite limited resources, worked assiduously in musical harmony, team cohesiveness, group dynamics, and unity during the just ended Independence Day peace festival.

    Our current politicians and those aspiring for political office, as though politics is the only discipline in Liberia, could replicate such national unity from these young musicians during this election period. Instead, where-ever the political wind blows in Liberia, some unscrupulous and opportunistic politicians will join any political party for their own selfish ambitions and political aggrandizements.

    For political expediency, we have some politicians playing dangerous “tribal divide and rule” politics. These individuals are once more resurrecting seeds of disunity, tribalism, factionalism, and partisanship that led to an almost irreparable destruction of Liberia. Such negative vices are detrimental to the peace and stability of our fragile nation.

    I have noticed a small country like Liberia has so many political parties (20 or more) that put financial constraints on our already weak economy. The likelihood of a costly runoff election is inevitable.

    Also, Liberians in the Diaspora, despite being denied dual citizenship and voting rights, play vital roles in shaping the future economy of Liberia. Liberians in the diaspora should not be seen only as “Cash-Cows” or “ATMs” just to funnel money to Liberia in a time of needs: at the same time, these Liberians are alienated and treated like foreigners whenever they returned to their Mother Land.

    I hope the wealth and opportunities that are available in Monrovia are equally distributed among the young people in other parts of the country. The dispersion of wealth throughout the country brings about equal opportunities for all Liberians despite one’s gender, religious, political or tribal affiliation.

    May God Grant us peace as Liberia celebrates its Independence, and we pray for a peaceful and fair election.

  4. Say the facts about Liberia’s independence. Say the facts about the Liberian flag also. This flag has one shinny star in the middle of a square blue royal blue field which field gets darker as you go down the coast (sea). Eleven stripes. Red and white (eleven). Not the same as the American flag. Neither was it modeled after U.S. design as some feel. Our fore mothers and fathers made their own emblems with the chiefs and elders, and developed their own Government and made their own designs. If you have to seek liberty, you need distance just like if you need work. Liberia is not the United States of America. Learn who Liberians are. No matter how you try unless you are connected to this secret heritage. You will never, God says, know who Liberians are.
    Look forward to an actual election. Answer the ballot box. Not me. Correct your own mistakes.

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