While Bob Geldof and other Western musicians are busy organizing a a holiday ebola concert, it is important to note that African musicians already beat them to the punch with the above catchy, educational, and agency-affirming tune “Africa Stop Ebola.”
A collective of African musicians have come together to record a song to help raise awareness about Ebola in Africa. The song, entitled “Africa Stop Ebola”, features the singers Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Kandia Kora, Mory Kante, Sia Tolno, Barbara Kanam and rappers Didier Awadi, Marcus (from the band Banlieuz’Arts) and Mokobe, and also includes the musicians Sékou Kouyaté (electric guitar, bass, electric kora) et Ludovic N’Holle (drums).
The song is a message to citizens about what they can do to help stop the spread of Ebola in Africa. The song is performed in French and vernacular languages widely spoken across the region to ensure that the message is understood regardless of the level of literacy and education of the population.
The video, posted on Youtube at the end of October has nearly 100,000 views. It is our hope that African initiatives like this one continue to be highlighted and promoted, even though their global spotlight might temporarily be overshadowed by Geldof and his well-meaning entourage. Africa’s ability to respond isn’t invisible, and this video, along with other African and Diaspora initiatives to curb the spread of this virus, clearly show that Bono and Geldof’s interventionist populist bandwagoning is no longer needed.
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