On the 6th of October 1983, Daniel Kamara breathed his first, in the Northern province of Sierra Leone, in Tonkolili district. While this name may not ring a bell to many, the little bundle of joy who would later acquire an alias, Terror D., was born amidst an ocean of struggle and inadequacy.
His father, hailing from Freetown in Sierra Leone was energetic in terms of pushing for the establishment of Corporate music business structures and professional entrepreneurial management. His vast background knowledge in music business entrepreneurship provided a strong basis on which his entrepreneurial dream for Sierra Leone’s music industry was birthed. Unknown to him by that time, this solid dream would later be brought to fruition through his own blood.
Terror D’s passion for music sprouted at a tender age of 10 when he developed an unquenchable thirst for learning musical instruments. While his peers at that time had not yet carved out the paths they wanted to follow in terms of career, Terror D. was already playing the piano almost perfectly. The young, enthusiastic Kamara would later start out on his educational journey, which hinged his overall music career. His curiosity and natural propensity for trying out new ideas would later be the hallmark of his career. He successfully completed his primary education in Tonkolili district, the same place his life story began.
He then came to Freetown, where he embarked on his secondary education at the Methodist Boys’ High School, from where he first acquired the name Terror D. He then proceeded to High-school and was seemingly edging closer and closer to his musical dream. Upon completion, Terror D. worked on a couple of songs, but his song titled Baby Girl was his most celebrated hit song at that time, before relocating to Australia for 8 years. He relocated upon an invitation from his uncle, who wanted him to play the piano for a local church and thus propel his music career. This visit, though frugal at first, was the turning point for the young man. Determined and full of zeal, he set out on doing small jobs, in a bid to build a name for himself. He ate the humble pie and sought to do small jobs, working as a security guard, and at one time, at a restaurant.
Amidst all these, Kamara persistently practice, worked on his vocal cords and would soon careen his way up the musical ladder. The self-driven upcoming musician spent unrelenting hours practising, recording and performing diversified genres of music-the subtle art he loved the most. His zest would finally pay off and he eventually orchestrated his first musical band, Terror Unit, which would later be renamed Mic City Movement. We can’t discount the fact that this band, Mic City Movement, was like the perfect piece in Terror D’s musical chessboard.
Upon his return to Sierra Leone in 2009, Terror D. encountered multiple talents which were yet to be nurtured. He took the initiative of shining a ray of hope to these promising futures; futures that were at the blink of dimming. He, therefore, opted to return to Australia and come up with a professional label, Mic City Music, which replaced Mic City Movement.
Alvin Solomon Thomas was appointed the manager of Mic City Music in 2016. Under his reign, Mic City Music signed new talent like Original Madson, who today, is touted as one of Sierra Leone’s finest hip-hop rappers. Choc, Janny and SMS were among the new blood that got injected in Sierra Leonne’s music scene, around that time.
Terror D’s ambitions for a full-blown musical career outdistanced his miniature achievements at that time. In 2017, he came down from Australia to collaborate with some of Africa’s biggest names in music like Bracket. The song title, Nar You achieved amazing feats and was prolific in Nigerian and Sierra Leone’s TV stations within 2 years. This was Terror D’s major break. The release of the highly rated, quality videos was a catalyst to his music profile, and multiple major successes trailedWithin two years, the apt Afro-pop artist and music producer boasted of several hit albums, and his music was no longer alien on our lips.
Among the hit songs that amassed great successes are:
One hallmark of Terror D’s thriving career was a collaboration with The Outlawz (Formally The Outlaws Immortalz), an American hip hop group founded by rapper Tupac Shakur, in late 1995. His music profile by this time was explosive and he gained tones of social media followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The rebirth of his name was pivotal in heightening his career: King Terror D.His fanatics have been more than receptive of his music, and Terror. D, who refers to them as superfans, has never relented in producing good music.
Despite the trivialities and wide array of challenges he grappled with, Terror D. rose above the currents to become one of the biggest household names in Africa, in the musical lingo. His imprints in Sierra Leone’s music scene will be remembered for a long time. King Terror D. continues to traverse valleys, cut through impenetrable forests and wade through floods, just to give his fans what they love.
Currently, he is working on a levels album, with a song titled, Don’t rush
And the best is yet to come for Daniel Karama, or if you wish King Terror D.
Mic City Music
MIC City Music, also known as M.C.M, is a hip hop group founded in 2009 by Daniel Kamara, also known as Terror D.
After many years of experience in the music industry, including working with some of the well known names in the music world, Daniel decided to put together his own hip hop group in order to showcase some unsigned talents from around the globe. He named the group Terror Unit.
Terror D recruited DaTrigaMan, also known as Trizzy, from Australia. He went on to record ‘Represent U Home’ featuring Terror D. Trizzy, and through his commitment became second in command to Terror D.
Together, they led other artists in the crew to change their name to Mic City Music. Current band members are Terror D, Da Triga-Man, Sapano, G-Bak, Snake-M, Shasha, A.Bang, W-1 and Jojo.
He has collaborated with majority of the household name artists in West Africa both in Sierra Leone and Nigeria such as Solidstar, Bracket, Ice Prince, Kao Denero, Boss LA and many others.
- Terror-D featuring OUTLAWS – Song title Thug Life: Produced by Egasm
- Terror-D featuring Bracket – Song title Na You: Produced by Charles Ostrov
- Terror-D featuring Solidstar – Song title Levels: Produced by Pbanks
- Terror-D featuring Ice Prince – Song title Somebody: Produced by Pbanks
- Terror-D featuring Timomatic – Song title Body is a must: Produced by Pbanks
- Terror-D featuring Kao Denero – Song title Sexy Lady: Produced by Marvin Bangs
- Terror-D featuring Boss La – Song title E Nor Easy: Produced by Soundboy Richie