Emmerson Bockarie
Emerson Bockarie.jpg
Background information
Birth nameAbubakarr A. Turay
BornDecember 23, 1977
OriginKenema, Sierra Leone
Years active2002–present
LabelsSugar Entertainment
Associated acts
  • Timaya
  • Wahid
  • Shadow Boxer
  • Phino
  • Bracket
  • Slim G
  • Zainab Sheriff
  • Star Zee
  • 2 Face
  • Mr 1ne
  • Kao Denero
  • Pupa Banja
  • Buberry
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Emmerson Amidu Bockarie (stage name Emmerson) is a Sierra Leonean Afropop singer who criticizes corruption in the government of Sierra Leone and has become well known in his country for lyrics that promote social change.[1][2][3] He sings in the Krio and English languages.

Bockarie was born in Kenema. He dropped out of a computer engineering program at Njala University to pursue his aspirations in music.[4] His first release was a mixtape called Bodyguard Compilation, Volume One (2002), which contained a single, "Yu Go See Am".[5] A studio album, Borbor Belleh, with supporting vocals by Velma "Vee" Richards, followed in October 2004.[3][4] His later albums include 2 Fut Arata (2007), Yesterday Betteh Pass Tiday (2010), Rise (2012), Kokobeh (2013), Home and Away (2014), and Survivor (2016).[6][7][8] In May 2017 he released a new single, "Love Me". Among his previous singles are "Telescope" (2015) and "Tutu Pati".[9]

One of Emmerson's anti-corruption-themed protest songs, "Borbor Bele" (which means "Potbellied Boy"), spoke to the frustration and disillusionment Sierra Leoneans felt towards their leaders/ruling class. The album largely addressed the kleptocratic institutions and the culture and ideology that drives them. "Borbor Bele" spoke about many of the reasons on why the incumbent Sierra Leone People's Party should lose to the All People's Congress in the Sierra Leonean general election, 2007.[10][11]

See also


  1. ^ Brown, Ryan Lenora (June 10, 2016). "Sierra Leone's politically minded pop star captures his country's ear". The Christian Science Monitor. Christian Science Publishing Society. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Hanciles, Oswald (January 22, 2014). "Emmerson's Political Bomb or Love Warning…". Sierra Express Media. Adeyemi Paul. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Kabba, Karamoh (October 24, 2005). "Tutu Party Is "Tutuerapeutic"". Awareness Times. Retrieved July 1, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Emmerson". Music in Africa. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Emmerson Bockarie: Description". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Emmerson's new album on course to break record sales". Sierra Express Media. January 10, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Remoe, Vickie (January 3, 2014). "Emmerson's songs of love and protest Home and Away album now on iTunes". Switsalone. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Emerson's latest album Survivor sells 12,000 copies in 24 hours". Satellite News. April 23, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Yai, Corner (April 17, 2015). "Sierra Leone Music: Latest from Emmerson is 'Telescope'". Switsalone. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Carnwath, Ally (January 18, 2011). "How the General soundtracked the 'Jasmine Revolution' in Tunisia". The Guardian. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Kraft, Scott (January 3, 2010). "In Sierra Leone, pop music is a beat that drives politics and he is about to drop his new albun come on august 2020". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 2, 2017.

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