As a way cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone, the Ballanta Academy of Music and Performing Arts have thrilled staff and customers of Vista Bank in Freetown with a musical perfomance to lighten their mood and lift their spirits.

The event which occurred on Wednesday at the banking hall of the Bank’s branch in Freetown witnessed musical performances from Simeon Bangura, a Trombonist; Emmanuel C. Bishop, a Violinist and Ibrahim S. Bangura, a flutist.

The trio thrilled the bank officials and customers who were at the banking hall with songs like Despacito”, “Dance for me”, “Around ya”, “Stay with me”, “Let me love you”, ‘Perfect’, ‘All of me’, ‘Thousand years’ and ‘I can’t help falling in love”, ‘My heart will go on.’ and many others to the delight of the listening audience.

Speaking with Sierraloaded, Emmanuel C. Bishop, one of the performing musicians expressed delight at the privilege given to play at such setting. According to him, the musical performace is his own contributing to the nation at this trying time.

“I have always wanted to give my good services to this country and its people in some way. Currently, the country is facing a pandemic. But I don’t have money to donate like many are doing. However, I believe music can lift the spirits of people and reduce depression that may be caused by the economic change”, Emmanuel said.

In his remarks, Mohamed Barrie, the manager of the Bank commended the initiative of Ballanta Academy of Arts and Music adding that the musical performances was needed to encourage and enlighten staff and customers of the Bank on the ongoing pandemic.

According to him, the atmosphere created by the three musicians generated a friendly and accommodating environment to staff and customers at the bank.

Similarly, Reglinds Thomas, Vista Bank’s Head of Operations appreciated the performances, adding that the performance provided conducive atmosphere for everyone at that moment.