CEO of Kabaka Multimedia, Mr. Abu Bakarr Turay has responded to questions from music fans about security at ECOFEST.
On what security measures are in place to make sure that those attending the festival will be safe, he said ‘We have asked for the highest number of OSDs for a single musical event ever. The normal provision is usual around 60-100 OSDs.
We are having 300. In addition to the above, we have requested for 150 Military Police Personnel from the Ministry of Defense HQ. We are optimistic they will oblige as this is not only a matter of National importance, but international significance. We have also contracted Local Security companies who will be working together with the Police and Army personnel.
On whether people going to the festival can buy their tickets at the gate, he replied: ‘We aren’t selling tickets at Stadium gates at all. Everyone coming must have obtained tickets from locations we have already distributed around the city. We have also made provisions for locations very close to the venue on the day of the program.
Like Convent and FSSG Secondary Schools, New York Bar on Cyke Street and also Total Brookfields. Everyone coming to the gates must show his ticket and will be allowed access into the stadium.’
He maintained that ECOFEST is the first of its kind and that he is sure that everyone knows that by the number of artists, even if we wanted a two days program, they would have been enough to cover both days. ‘We are starting at 7 PM prompt.
There are two segments after the formal opening - The Guest Act segment and the ECOFEST musical competition itself. Guest Acts are expected to do only two songs each and will be given five minutes to do so. This segment lasts for just one hour.
The Musical Competition itself will last for five hours. Meaning we are expecting closure at 1AM. At worse Case, by 2 am latest the show would have come to a close. Everyone is guaranteed that we won’t start later than 7 PM.
On the question of several international African artists having abandoned concerts at the national stadium because of poor sound quality, what are you doing to ensure this doesn’t happen again? He said: ‘The sound is always my worry about attending shows at the stadium. We are building scaffolds around the perimeter of the pitch. We are mounting speakers and combining over four different systems together merged with the inbuilt system at the stadium.
We have visited the stadium three times since Monday with Sound engineers and are working assiduously to have the best sound on the night. We are doing a sound check one week ahead of Ecofest. No one has ever done before. All are invited at the National Stadium on the 9th November at noon.
The festival’s line up is vast, over 26 acts and side attractions. How many hours will the concert last for and on average how many songs will each artist perform? The average time for each act on the competition is Minimum ten Minutes and maximum 25 minutes. As stated in my answer to.
He added that some will perform with live band and others will play with a live mixing. Meaning the instrumentals will play and they will sing live vocals. No lip syncing.
‘I am looking forward to all of them. But most importantly, I am looking forward to KME’s exceptional performance on the night. That’s my most anticipated. Second to that is to see Patoranking perform live and the much talked about Takana Zion from Guinea,’ he added.
On what makes Ecofest different from other music festivals. He replied: ‘This is the very first time we are having that many number of international artists on one stage in one night at the National Stadium. This is the first time Sierra Leone is playing host to such an audacious musical festival. And I believe our organizational skills are exceptional. We have a good team.
After ECOFEST, we know it’s clear Sierra Leone would have charted a new course for Entertainment. I am sure that will set the pace and trend for upcoming events. Get tickets to Ecofest today,’ he said.
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