Jimmy B

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Jimmy B
Jimmy Bangura
NationalitySierra Leonean
Occupation(s)musician, filmmaker, producer and entertainer.

Jimmy B, born Jimmy Bangura, is a Sierra Leonean musician, filmmaker, producer and entertainer.[1] He has been called the "Godfather of Sierra Leone music".[2]


Jimmy B acted in the Eddie Murphy's 1988' romantic comedy Coming to America before moving to South Africa, setting up a music studio there and achieving success as a musician.[3] After the end of the Sierra Leone Civil War in 2002, Jimmy B facilitated the release of several hip hop albums and compilations from Paradise Studio.[4]

In 2014 Bangura privately funded Ebola 4 Go, a video educating people about ebola.[5] He has presented The Jimmy B Show, a radio show on Freetown's AiRadio which specializes in Sierra Leonean music.[6]

In 2019 his teenage son drowned in the United States of America.[7]


  • Paradise Island, 2009
  • Guardian of the Throne, 2014
  • A Stitch in Time, 2014
  • The British Expert, 2019


  1. ^ Dakubu; Mary Esther Kropp; Asante; Eva Maria, eds. (2019). "Jimmy B: Music for Peace". African Visionaries. University of Ghana inaugural lectures. Sub-Saharan Publishers. pp. 140–148. ISBN 978-9988-8829-9-0.
  2. ^ Ibrahim Tarawallie, West Africa: Top West African Musicians to Light Up Freetown, Concord Times, 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ Joe Lamin, Sierra Leone: The Rebirth of Sierra Leone Music; the Death of Its Virtue, Concord Times, 8 January 2004.
  4. ^ Kemurl Fofanah, Hip hop in Sierra Leone, Music in Africa, 15 Jan 2018.
  5. ^ Sierra Leone’s Most Beautiful People 2014, SwitSalone Magazine, 14 December 2014.
  6. ^ Esther Kamara, Music and media in Sierra Leone, Music in Africa, 18 September 2017.
  7. ^ Salone Borbor, Sadness, As Sierra Leone Veteran Singer Jimmy B Lost His Son, Salone Songs, June 2019.

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