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Picture of DenG manager Alice Yawo in t-shirt

“If They Vex, Let Them Buss”

The catchy colloquialisms of Liberian music hit-maker DenG are hard to beat, and have earned him a reputation as one of the most followed Liberian artists online, especially in the Diaspora. Not only have his hit tracks get listed among top-requests on airwaves in other African countries, but the phrase he made famous – “If they vex, let them buss” – might turn out to be a sweet business opportunity for the artist.  With the phrase on everyone’s lips both in hostile or friendly talk, DenG’s management team is making it a fashion statement – literally.

Baba Shabu: “We need symbols of strength and courage, to move us out of the Ebola era.”

Symbols of Recovery

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia no doubt brought the country to its knees, and the news of the situation at one point seemed to have near-apocalyptic implications.  The last thing on the mind of anyone on the ground would have been art or creativity… or so they thought.  Yet, the many priceless acts of creativity throughout this crisis have helped millions of people nationwide emerge from denial and adopt preventive postures and protocols that would keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the epidemic. 

Photo courtesy of Paul Julien collection in 1932

The Sossobala

A sacred symbol of freedom and identity of the Mande community, the Sossobala is a wooden xylophone or balafon, that is being played on occasions such as weddings, child naming ceremonies and festivals.

Liberian Gospel music recording artist Kanvee Ganes Adams (Far left) is one of 54 Goodwill Ambassadors appointed by the KORA Awards in it’s campaign to fight Ebola across Africa.

KORA Awards Names Kanvee ‘Goodwill Ambassador’

The biggest music awards organization in Africa, the KORA – All Africa Music Awards, has accredited and recognized Liberia’s top Gospel Artist, Kanvee Gaines Adams, as their Goodwill Ambassador on Ebola.

The KORA Awards, the Pan-African equivalent of the American-based Grammy Awards, honors the best artists from Africa and its Diaspora.  


It all started when a very emotional Ebola track “Ebola stay away from Africa” was aired on Hottfm 107.9 on “Disturbing the Peace’s” late night radio show.

Nearly a hundred callers called in wanting to know more about the artist behind the song, and why Ebola mattered to him so much.

Luckily, we were able to contact the Liberian performer who’s been contributing for many years of essential instrumentals, songs and hope for Liberian music.


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