Rising UK based Sierra Leone rappers Mikar-The-Vipar and Young Free on the 30th August sent shockwaves across the diaspora as they became the first born Sierra Leonean rappers to ever top the iTunes international charts with their “Flashing Lights” collaboration which also peaked which had already in top 20 earlier this year due to high pre orders.
Flashing Lights a song which has the influence of the South African house, is written and performed by both Mikar-The-Vipar and Young Free appeared in four international charts including the UK, Sweden, Mongolia and Poland.
It is even more of an achievement because it is also believed that Michael Kamara known to fans as Mikar-The-Vipar is the first Bucks artist to get a number one and because unsigned artists, such as Mikar and Free rarely enter the charts without mainstream support or record label backing. This is not the first time Mikar has had chart success. Earlier this year, his single Break of Dawn peaked at number seven in the iTunes World Chart.
The controversial 24-year-old Husky-voiced emcee has had three charting singles on the prestigious iTunes Chart without any Press and minimal radio play.
Mikar’s first single “Gimme Love” peaked to number 11 on the iTunes world chart and his follow up singles, have all entered the iTunes top 10 independently.
Mikar left Sierra Leone at the age of 5 during the bloody Civil War when rebels attacked the capital city Freetown and resided in Ghana before immigrating to England. When interviewed by the BBC introducing, The handsome emcee also referred as SaloneBoy said as a “Lanky” West African kid it was weird growing up in a predominately white area where people keep themselves to themselves and looked very depressed and miserable.
Mikar recalled living in Pond Park, Chesham a deprived area in England’s richest region of Buckinghamshire as a very challenging experience as there were no blacks in the area and dealing with the fact that he always stood out and never blended with the masses.
Mikar-The-Vipar claimed that he was a very good footballer but fell in love with music and pursues it as a career.
Mikar’s big break came in 2009 when he released his infectious love banger, “Feeling This Way” and it soon resonated with the regions populace and was invited to perform the song at the world renowned international venue 02, alongside UK rap superstars Chipmunk and Wretch 32.
Mikar’s regional buzz did not die and was invited the following year to perform at the 02 National Tour, which was headlined by UK R&B sensation Rita Ora. 2013 was a turning point in Mikar’s music aspiration; he visited Sweden and collaborated with his long term music partner Eazy B. Mikar and Eazy B recorded “Gimme Love” and it became an instant regional hit and peaked to number 11 on the iTunes World Chart without any type of press and minimal radio play and was even played on Sweden Radio, and the UK’s number one urban radio station BBC 1Xtra.
Mikar has been in Sweden for the past month working on music projects and was interviewed by Sweden Radio P4. Following his success, various music labels have approached Mikar to sign him, but he has not agreed to any yet.
Mikar has thousands of followers on social media and is usually very grateful and interacts with fans. Mikar earlier this year spoke to media powerhouse BBC about music and politics. Mikar says he hopes to visit Sierra Leone when the Ebola epidemic ends.
The grateful rapper thanked all his fans and said his doing his best to elevate Sierra Leone and his adopted hometown of Pond Park, Bucks.
Our rising superstars deserve all the love and support they can get from us, and we the Sierra Leone media outlets just want to thank our courageous young stars and wish them all the best, both Mikar and Free can followed on social media by visiting the following pages; Mikar-The-Vipar