About

Nurturing a more open and experimental creative community in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Since 2021

Telem Uncommon Sounds seeks to bring about a brilliant new era in music in Sierra Leone, such that there are more viable opportunities for Sierra Leonean musicians to make, perform, and share experimental music that is still locally rooted; and more Sierra Leonean musicians are sharing this music in global music channels, performance stages, and cultural influencing roles.  Founded by three local singer-songwriters and working with a team of extended musicians and performing artists, Telem offers training in songwriting and music production, stages concerts and other live events, and works to develop the vibrant Sierra Leone music ecosystem. The global culture craves what Africa has to offer, and Telem wants to help put Sierra Leonean musicians at the forefront of that demand.

Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) presents a series of concerts featuring award-winning faculty and participants showcasing 80 musicians from 30 different countries on stage!

To kick off the five-day GMW Performance Festival, GMW Faculty will perform arrangements blending music from India, Sierra Leone, Mali, the United States, China, Lebanon, and more. Following the opening concert, join us for four unforgettable nights as GMW Participants (including our 8-person team from Sierra Leone!) take the stage alongside faculty members, presenting a dynamic mix of traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures.

See the full Performance Festival schedule below:

August 6 – GMW Faculty Concert August 7 – GMW Participant Concert #1 August 8 – GMW Participant Concert #2 August 9 – GMW Participant Concert #3 August 10 – GMW Participant Concert #4

The GMW Five-Day Performance Festival Pass offers admission to all GMW Performance Festival concerts from August 6-10, 2024

NEC’s Jordan Hall | 8PM 30 Gainsborough St Boston, MA 02115

Starting at $15

Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) presents a series of concerts featuring award-winning faculty and participants showcasing 80 musicians from 30 different countries on stage!

To kick off the five-day GMW Performance Festival, GMW Faculty will perform arrangements blending music from India, Sierra Leone, Mali, the United States, China, Lebanon, and more. Following the opening concert, join us for four unforgettable nights as GMW Participants (including our 8-person team from Sierra Leone!) take the stage alongside faculty members, presenting a dynamic mix of traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures.

See the full Performance Festival schedule below:

August 6 – GMW Faculty Concert August 7 – GMW Participant Concert #1 August 8 – GMW Participant Concert #2 August 9 – GMW Participant Concert #3 August 10 – GMW Participant Concert #4

The GMW Five-Day Performance Festival Pass offers admission to all GMW Performance Festival concerts from August 6-10, 2024

NEC’s Jordan Hall | 8PM 30 Gainsborough St Boston, MA 02115

Starting at $15

Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) presents a series of concerts featuring award-winning faculty and participants showcasing 80 musicians from 30 different countries on stage!

To kick off the five-day GMW Performance Festival, GMW Faculty will perform arrangements blending music from India, Sierra Leone, Mali, the United States, China, Lebanon, and more. Following the opening concert, join us for four unforgettable nights as GMW Participants (including our 8-person team from Sierra Leone!) take the stage alongside faculty members, presenting a dynamic mix of traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures.

See the full Performance Festival schedule below:

August 6 – GMW Faculty Concert August 7 – GMW Participant Concert #1 August 8 – GMW Participant Concert #2 August 9 – GMW Participant Concert #3 August 10 – GMW Participant Concert #4

The GMW Five-Day Performance Festival Pass offers admission to all GMW Performance Festival concerts from August 6-10, 2024

NEC’s Jordan Hall | 8PM 30 Gainsborough St Boston, MA 02115

Starting at $15

Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) presents a series of concerts featuring award-winning faculty and participants showcasing 80 musicians from 30 different countries on stage!

To kick off the five-day GMW Performance Festival, GMW Faculty will perform arrangements blending music from India, Sierra Leone, Mali, the United States, China, Lebanon, and more. Following the opening concert, join us for four unforgettable nights as GMW Participants (including our 8-person team from Sierra Leone!) take the stage alongside faculty members, presenting a dynamic mix of traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures.

See the full Performance Festival schedule below:

August 6 – GMW Faculty Concert August 7 – GMW Participant Concert #1 August 8 – GMW Participant Concert #2 August 9 – GMW Participant Concert #3 August 10 – GMW Participant Concert #4

The GMW Five-Day Performance Festival Pass offers admission to all GMW Performance Festival concerts from August 6-10, 2024

NEC’s Jordan Hall | 8PM 30 Gainsborough St Boston, MA 02115

Starting at $15

Berklee College of Music presents Telem Uncommon Sounds

(EDT, UTC-04) (EDT, UTC-04)

David Friend Recital Hall , 921 Boylston St, Boston, MA USA

Berklee Professional Music Department and Berklee Global Initiatives present a performance workshop with Telem Uncommon Sounds. We will share sounds from the new wave of experimental music coming out of Sierra Leone, and you can join us to jam!

August 12, 2024 from 7:00 - 8:30pm Location: David Friend Recital Hall on the Berklee College of Music and Performing Arts Campus

If you are interested in participating, please contact promusic@berklee.edu