The year 2023 has been an interesting one for Sierra Leone’s music and Entertainment Industry.

From the outset of January until the present, this vibrant sector has witnessed an influx of new and talented artists, leaving an indelible mark on the country’s music landscape.

Some have made a lot of noise with their music, but only a handful of artistes had us putting their songs on repeat, making noise when a song came on and made a serious impact during the aforementioned time.

Sierraloaded, Sierra Leone’s leading platform re-introduced the “Hottest Artiste List” back in 2021. This annual tradition offers an unfiltered assessment of the artists who have not only shaped but also defined the musical landscape of Sierra Leone throughout the year.

The Hottest Artiste List meticulously highlights those entertainers who have achieved the most significant milestones. This includes artists who scored chart-topping hits, embarked on successful tours, made substantial moves in both the local and international music scenes, won prestigious awards, and, most importantly, the people we’ve listened to and danced to for the past 12 months.

In a year marked by artistic innovation and creative excellence, Sierra Leone’s music and entertainment industry continues to flourish, demonstrating the country’s immense talent and potential on both the national and international stages.

As the year draws to a close, Sierraloaded will systematically reveal the 20 Hottest Artiste in Sierra Leone starting from December 10. As you eagerly await the unveiling, be sure you are following Sierraloaded on social media platforms to celebrate these exceptional individuals who have made this year a sonically unforgettable one.

I-Tribe – #9

Meet Leonard Francis Massaquoi, the emerging sensation illuminating Sierra Leone’s entertainment landscape under the stage name “I-Tribe.” Renowned as a multifaceted artist, I-Tribe’s prowess spans singing, songwriting, composing, performing, and overall entertainment.

Distinguishing himself with a distinctive musical blend of R&B and Afrobeat, I-Tribe offers a refreshing and captivating experience to his audience. The ‘I’ in his stage name symbolizes “Incredible,” positioning him within a tribe of artists celebrated for their diverse musical talents.

In the year 2023, I-Tribe unleashed a series of musical gems to solidify his position in the industry. Collaborating with fellow Sierra Leonean artists, he contributed to notable tracks, including “Happy Independence Day,” “Take It” featuring Star Zee, “Dem Nor Know” featuring Drizzy Murder, “Bad Man Killer” featuring Bed J & Strokes and “Down” featuring Kracktwist and Samza.

On an individual level, he released “JoJo,” “Nobody.” and “Bad Character”. These releases not only showcase his versatility but also underscore his collaborative spirit within the vibrant Sierra Leonean music community.

Rapidly ascending to prominence, I-Tribe has swiftly become one of Sierra Leone’s most brilliant and promising artists. With a commitment to astonish and delight his growing fanbase, he stands as a beacon for the future of Sierra Leone’s music scene, promising a bright and exciting trajectory. In December 2023, Cribs International enlisted his vocal prowess in two of its December “Salone No Dey Dull” album alongside the likes of Masterkraft, Mello-Seven, I-Tribe & Kontri Boss.

As I-Tribe continues to carve his path, his musical journey becomes synonymous with the rising vibrancy and potential of Sierra Leone’s music landscape, promising an era filled with innovative sounds and exciting prospects.