Salia Koroma On Francis Minah: “The Country Sierra Leone Is An Older Woman”
I’ve found it remarkable the extent to which Salia Koroma was topical in his songs and ballads. Some of the issues he dealt with were local chiefdom or district issues, others were on the national level. This is especially the case with the Minah treason trial in the late 1980s.
In 1987 Vice President Francis Mischek (sp?) Minah, onetime Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, was arrested and charged with high treason and misprision of treason (we love our colonial-era laws!). Two years later, he was hanged. Others more qualified in such matters than my humble self would argue the merits of the whole process (and I’m using the term ‘process’ with tongue firmly in cheek). What concerns me here is that the “process” produced a Salia Koroma album, likely recorded between 1987 and 1989.
The song I’m posting today borrows the music and a significant portion of its lyrics from an older recording/composition. The other songs on the album are also set to the music of recordings dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.