Last year 2015, Sierraloaded kick started the 20 Hottest Artiste List. And this year, we’re back again!

We’re fully in the last month of the year 2016, and within the time span of January 2016 and December 2016, several new artists have made their entrance into the Sierra Leonean music scene.

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

In the last 10-12 months, we’ve witnessed the growth of several superstars with hit songs, tours, endorsements and more.

Compiled by Sierraloaded team, the list is a true, undiluted run down of the Artists that shaped, defined and led music among Sierra Leonean consumers throughout the year. It encompasses those with the hottest songs, endorsements, tours, record deals, mega moves on the local and international scene, the award winners, and in general, the people we’ve listened and danced to for the past 12 months..


Be sure to continue refreshing your Sierraloaded homepage to see who’s next.


18. Shadow Boxxer

Shadow Boxxer’s career so far can be summarized in four words: “less hype, more music”. You don’t see him on the red carpet, you don’t see him making fans laugh on social media, he’s not popping bottles in the club every weekend, or showing off his latest expensive car. He just sits back, makes great music, releases it, tops the charts, then heads back to the studio to make more hits.

You could call him the Paul Scholes of Sierra Leonean music; not hugging the headlines, just quietly but extremely effective. That’s what makes Shadow Boxxer unique and special.


Shadow Boxxer currently holds the record of being the most successful Diaspora based Sierra Leonean artiste after striking a mega deal with Idris Elba earlier this year. His musical presence was revived in June 2016 after he was signed to the Base Aphonyx’s owned Vintage Point Media and in just 3 months, he released the controversial political motivated song, “more time” and has featured in at least 5 collaborations.

Shadow’s unique blend of raw, natural talent and his unique way of musically expressing himself has elevated him to where he is today. It’s no wonder he’s among the three artists featured by Emmerson in the biggest Album of the year.

For these musically-driven reasons stated above, Shadow Boxxer is the #18 Hottest Artist in Sierra Leone 2016.