MILO AND ALL THAT JAZZ | The Golden Era Of Salone Music – by Kitty Fadlu-Deen

Milo And All That Jazz is the most recent work of Dr. Kitty Fadlu-Deen, published by SONDIATA GLOBAL MEDIA. Dr. Fadlu Deen was born in Singapore and is a graduate of the University College Dublin and the University of York. She has worked as a music educator in Sierra Leone where she lives with her husband. She therefore, has a firsthand appreciation of the international music scene.

As a music professional from South East Asia, the vastness and depth of musical offerings in her adopted country was an inspirational discovery for Dr. Fadlu-Deen. Part of the expression of this inspiration is her co-founding of the Ballanta Academy of Music, Freetown in 1995. 

Milo And All That Jazz attempts to explore the history and creative breadth and depth of Sierra Leonean music from the 1960s to the 1990s. Considering the vast choice of bands and artists during that period, this is no mean feat. Aminatta Forna, a renowned Sierra Leonean author, says “…Dr. Fadlu-Deen has commemorated Pino and all the most talented of Sierra Leone’s astonishing array of musicians over three decades in a fascinating story that has been meticulously researched and elegantly written… Sierra Leone boasts a powerful voice that moves to its own distinctive beat.”

The book takes the reader on a journey steeped in Sierra Leonean culture expressed through her distinctive music, providing the reader with an appreciation of its evolution and growth over three memorable decades.

This is a definite must-read for music lovers the world over. It is a book that connects the development of Sierra Leonean cultural music and its sources of inspiration from the African Continent and beyond. Above all, it recognises the influence and inspiration with which Sierra Leonean music continues to touch the world.



  1. Yeh, the decision of going back home is a tough one. I am from Nigeria and rctenely returned home after about 12 years abroad. While I have nothing to complain about in terms of my personal well-being, the country itself is carnivalesque. That is a nice way to put it. Watching the news or reading the newspaper or living daily with the fluctuation of electricity, or wondering about the worsening conditions of roads, of security, of morale amounts to a peculiar time entrapment: Same s#$%, different day. A cousin of mine calls Nigeria N#$$%^ area . To me, all I can say is Wow!With the same breath, I am challenged and inspired by the FEW Nigerians who DO try to make a difference in their own way; from courageous writers, to social workers, to the governors (one or two amongst 36), and so forth. I guess for me, before settling in someone’s land, I would like to be able to say I tried doing something . Make no mistake though, there is nothing romantic about such endeavor. Nothing. It gets scary. Yet, if we don’t contribute the little we can, or try to, while we have the bones to do it who will? Only Africans can solve their problems. I guess what I am trying to say is that I respect those who choose to come home to try to make a difference, no matter how little. It’s not easy. Nothing is guaranteed. But the fact of such an act deserves praise. All the nest with your journey back to Ghana!Digging the new look to the blog! Big ups.

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