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..


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19. Arkman

Arkman is a bonafide Sierra Leonean star! He has not only solidify his position as one of the best mainstream acts in the industry, he’ emergence into a fully blown limelight shows how much hard work and good music can take you to Stardom without stress.

Arkman is undeniably leaving his mark on the Sierra Leonean music landscape, with each record he releases, highlighting glorious vocal talents and charismatic presence, as he ascends up the ranks.

September 2015 saw the release of Arkman’s debut solo Album “Vanity”, a song that went on to dominate the airwaves, topping all charts in the first half of 2016 and recording the most viewed Sierra Leonean music video on Youtube. The album also bestowed upon him local and international recognition and He became the most sourced, appreciated, followed, viewed and decorated artist in Sierra Leone. Noteworthy is the fact that “Vanity” earned him at least 10 indigenous awards including “The best song for 2015/2016”.


The spotlight was on Arkman. His remarkable efforts saw him put out quite a few singles since then likeDuniya”, “Me and You”, “Put Kola”, amongst others.

Let’s not forget that Arkman has graced at least 30 music stages in 2016 alone and was among the headline Artists at the 2016 Freetown music festival. He’s now been called the “Sierra Leonean Bob Marley” or otherwise, “Sierra Leone Musical Prophet”.

All in all, Arkman sits in #19 among the Hottest Artists in Sierra Leone 2016.