Many music lovers in Sierra Leone were optimistic of the fact that the Sierra Leonean musicians who went abroad to seek greener pastures would have injected a positive and rapid change into the Sierra Leone musical landscape as a result of their exposure to foreign culture and vast knowledge they have already acquired internally.
However, things went on the contrary as most could not defend the concept they already have within themselves. As such, most had to seek elsewhere for job opportunities. As a result, the Salone music arena had to face massive brain drain.
This did not stop a young energetic and industrious youth from chasing a dream becoming a reality simultaneously. The name Abu Bakarr Elba aka Base Aphonyx is unto this point a household name who had built a wide reputation and command great respect among many musicians at home and abroad.
Base Aphonyx as he is fondly called has once served as President of All Stars Musicians in Sierra Leone with the aim of moulding a proper music empire. Since his travel to the U.S, the business mogul cum musician has successfully transformed these likes of Heaven Jay, Shadow Boxxer, A. Klass, Daddy Rhymes, Shady Baby and others into professionals whom he thinks can revive their talents again.
Under his Vintage Point Company, Base Aphonyx has created series of opportunities including working on Albums and Videos for these musicians whom he identified as potentials who can compete with other stars from foreign land because of the quality in production of both their songs and videos.
“My dream is finally becoming a reality” were the exact words of the CEO of Vintage Point when speaking to me. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to revive their enthusiasm towards Salone musicians at home and abroad.