"Robert Kelly is our pied piper."
The words of a Monrovian in his 40's, referring, of course, to R.Kelly. His friend said he preferred Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams. Can someone school me on this, did R.Kelly mention Liberia in a song lyric? That's what I heard.
Young people are crazy about 50 Cent to a degree that I would have a hard time overstating. Also big on the radio are Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, Usher, Sean Paul, and--although we have yet to hear him on the radio--Eminem posters are commonly seen in shop windows. Lots of new dancehall reggae comes out of cars and speakers on the street, and we have heard soca, even. (Editor's note: this website condemns soca.)
In our experience, Liberians tend to enjoy lots of 80's and 90's syrupy ballads from the US: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, and the like, as is their right.