Sierra Leone Independence Day: album art from musician Ahmadu Jarr/Jah and a polite cameo from Idris Elba


Sierra Leone also celebrates their Independence Day today and it's the big 5-0! I learned an interesting fact on this occasion – Sierra Leone is Portuguese for "lion mountains."

To celebrate the day, here is some album art from Sierra Leone's son, musician Ahmadu Jarr/Jah. A founding member of the group EGBA, he later left to focus on creating traditional African music, creating The Highlife Orchestra. Another bit of trivia: Jarr is singer Neneh Cherry's father as well as father to singer Titiyo Jah. Jarr's mother was apparently a great singer too – it clearly runs in the family!


Idris Elba

Still more trivia: Idrissa Akuna Elba (yes, I'm talking dreamy actor Idris) has Sierra Leone roots via his father (his mother is Ghanaian). I've been catching up on The Wire and The Big C so he's fresh on my mind – thought I'd share 🙂


Ahmadu Jarr album art from his website. Elba image from Yoruba Girl Dancing

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