interview with Liberian Artist Peter Cole
Hi Peter, Thank you for doing this interview
with TLC Africa.
TLC Africa: How have you been?
Cole: Hi Ciata. Thanks for having
me. I am doing great.
TLC Africa: Tell us what you have
been up to?
Cole: I have been showcasing my
music in the USA in preparation to have
concerts. A few years ago I was denied
a visa to come to the United States to
promote my music, therefore those who've
heard of my music in the USA did so via
the internet or through people coming
back from Liberia. So for the past three
months and more I have been playing at
convention balls, reunions, wedding receptions,
etc to make my music discovered. All this
in preparation for concerts I will have
during my next visit to the USA.
TLC Africa: Are you still living in
Cole: Yes, Senegal remains my base
while waiting for the right time, musically
to move back to Liberia.
TLC Africa: I hear you have a new
album, tell us a little about the new
Cole: "Rebirth" is the
name of my latest album. During these
times when our country is coming from
the ashes of war, each and every Liberian
should contribute their quota towards
the reconstruction and development of
Liberia. It is therefore important that
the Authorities make sure every Liberian
lives decently from whatever job he/she
does. We all can't be Senators, Representatives,
Ministers, Doctors or work in Government.
On the single of the album "So say
ba ni"(Bassa) I talk about the plight
of Liberian musicians and creative people.
Because of the lack of support and the
protection of intellectual properties,
talented and versatile musicians like
Morris Dorley, T-Kpan Nimely, Tecumsay
Roberts, etc died in poverty. Liberia
is a signatory to all of the conventions
on copyright protection and yet still
the streets of Monrovia and other cities
are flooded with pirated discs and cassettes.
More than 60 percent of music aired on
our air waves are not Liberian, something
particular only to our county - the DJs
out of love for Liberian music are doing
their best but the Authorities should
now step in and do something about making
Liberia where copyrights and intellectual
properties are respected. There are other
sectors, but Rebirth is just to serve
as a wake up call for those shaping the
state of the new Liberia to hear - otherwise
in the future we might see every household
putting forth a candidate to become a
Representative or a Senator.
TLC Africa: When is the release
Cole: The album is already released
in the USA and can be downloaded and from
CD Baby and designated contacts. Normally
I released my albums in Liberia before
the US and Europe but this time around
we couldn't reach a deal with the distributors
in Monrovia. But the albums will be available
in Liberia in the shortest possible time.
We are working on that.
TLC Africa: How long have you been
in this industry and when and where did
you begin your music career?
Cole: I have been in the music
industry for almost two decades though
I started playing music when I was just
a kid in school in Gbarnga. I sang and
played the guitar in the children choir.
At that time I was already playing in
the junior band for my school, St. Martin's
High School, at talent shows and talent
competitions. But the decision to become
a full time musician came during the heat
of our civil crisis when I decided to
use my music to make my voice heard about
the conflict that was going on in our
country and the best way forward: we had
to stop the violence.
TLC Africa: What is your favorite
track on the new
Cole: It is difficult to have a
favorite track on an album when you are
involved with the composition, arrangements
and development of the tracks on the album.
However, I like "Te amo" because
like the song "stay alive" on
the first album, it is very interesting
and successful blend of a variety of music.
But there are also other great songs I
will leave to my fans to listen to and
TLC Africa: If my readers what
to buy your new CD, where can they get
Cole: You can download my albums or
order them from CD Baby. www.cdbaby.com/cd/petercole2
There is also information about people
you can contact in some states on my website:
TLC Africa: Are all your music
available at this location?
Cole: Yes, you can find all of my
music on the links listed above.
TLC Africa.: You were in Liberia in
March, any plans to
perform in Liberia in the near future?
Cole: I was in Liberia in March
to shoot some scenes for my next music
video but unfortunately things didn't
go according to plan because I could get
the permission I needed to film in some
areas. However, I will be back in Liberia
in December to have series of concerts
in Monrovia and other cities. Watch out