Entertainment - General Sfano to Commemorate Michael Jackson's Death
Freetown — The Sfano Musical Production and Entertainment, in collaboration with Concept Multi-Media and David's Villa Management, will on Saturday June 25 stage a musical concert in Lunsar town to commemorate the death of the world's most outstanding pop star, Michael Jackson.
The musical and charity show, which will be hosted at the David's Villa Management in Lunsar, according to General Sfano Njawa Sesay, will be graced by some of Sierra Leone's top musical stars. The charity show, he said, is meant to raise funds to provide scholarships for poor and vulnerable school-going children across the country.
The Sfano Musical Production and Entertainment was established in 1999 mainly to promote the interest of Sierra Leonean musicians through advocacy. Since its formation, the musical and entertainment group has undertaken several promotional programmes including popularizing the concept of HIV and AIDS, and educating school-going children, musicians and the general public on the need to prevent themselves from the global menace.
General Sfano maintained that his organization will work in the interest of the vulnerable youth and children through the SFANO/MICHAEL JACKSON CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT FUND that is expected to be officially launched in Sierra Leone at the end of this year. He affirmed that he is doing all he could to access the younger sister of the late man, Janet Jackson to assist in realizing his dream of elevating the poor and vulnerable children in the country.
Sfano, being a replica of the American pop star, has been into several shows across the country, promoting the essence of the Sfano/Michael Jackson Children's Development Fund. Most recently, 'The General', as he is fondly called, released two new songs titled "My Diva" and "I Will", which he said will be added to his previous album "I'm Back with Sweet Rose".
The sing/dancer said his next album titled "Better Late Than Never" will be released on the official launching of the Sfano/Michael Jackson Children's Development Fund later this year.
On June 25, 2009, American singer Michael Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he found Jackson in his room, not breathing, but with a faint pulse, and that he administered CPR to no avail. After placing a call to 9-1-1 at 12:20 p.m., Jackson was treated by paramedics at his home, and later pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
On August 28, 2009, the Los Angeles County Coroner declared Jackson's death a homicide. Before his death, Jackson reportedly had been administered propofol along with two anti-anxiety benzodiazepines: lorazepam and midazolam. Law enforcement officials investigated Jackson's personal physician. On February 8, 2010, Murray pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, and was released after posting a US$75,000 bail. His trial is scheduled to start September 8, 2011.
Jackson's death triggered an outpouring of grief around the world, creating unprecedented surges of internet traffic and causing sales of his music and that of the Jackson 5 to increase dramatically. Jackson had been scheduled to perform his 'This Is It' concert series to over one million people at London's O2 Arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.
His public memorial service was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he had rehearsed for the London concerts the night before his death. His memorial service was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people.
In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a US$250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death. His death ranked No.1 on VH1/VH1 Classic's list of 100 Most Shocking Moments in Music.