Multiple award winning singer, songwriter, actor – Emmerson Bockarie is one of Sierra
Leone’s most globally recognized and adored music superstars. Popularly known as
Emmerson, his skillful writing, mastery of metaphors, and use of Krio, English and indigenous
languages, has helped him build a successful career on music that matters.
Discovering a passion for music and drama at an early age, the absence of opportunities did not
allow him to fully develop his talents. Emmerson burst on the scene as a fresh-faced youth
shortly after the end of the Sierra Leone National conflict. From a country most known for its
“blood diamonds”, he dreamed of a different image of Sierra Leone. Emmerson released his first
single ‘Yu Go See Am’ and it was shortly followed by his debut album titled “Borbor Belleh”
released in October 2004. It was a social commentary that changed the face of Sierra Leone’s
music industry both home and abroad. “Tutu Party”, the third track on the album, was an instant
hit and quickly became a massive commercial success. To date “TuTu Party” is the most
commercially recognized Sierra Leonean song around the world. Emmerson is widely
celebrated for contributing to the transformation of music in Sierra Leone.
Emmerson’s career spans almost two decades. He comfortably delivers creative tunes centered
on good vibes, love, life and relationships, weaving his melodic voice, over monster beats.
Emmerson has released seven albums and several hit singles giving birth to back to back hits
like “Borbor Pain”, “Telescope”, “No Stress” and many more fan favorites. Emmerson has also
toured the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
With the emergence of a new era, with African music gaining global recognition, presently
Emmerson has merged his signature Afrolife music style into to Afrobeats. Performing regularly
with other artists from his country, he looks forward to collaborations with artists outside its