Africa Stop Ebola

Tiken Jah Fakoly in concert at l'Olympia

Tiken Jah Fakoly in concert at l’Olympia

A bunch of African musicians released Africa Stop Ebola before Bob Geldof and the Band Aid circus gathered together a bunch of tax-dodgers.

Do they know it’s Christmas? As they are in Africa, and as mainly Christians, it is reasonable to assume yes.

Bob Geldof could have promoted Africa Stop Ebola, and as an aside, not slagged off Adele for refusing to join the Band Aid circus.

Maybe, as Ciff Richard said of Band Aid 30 years ago, when you are offered worldwide exposure, you do not say no.

Or as Russell Brand tells in Revolution, being invited to a tacky Hollywood charity fundraiser was mandatory as it was a good career move.

Informations spreads in Africa by story telling, by song. Africa Stop Ebola helps spread information on Ebola, which may do more good than throwing money at the problem.

Sung in French and indigenous languages spoken widely in west Africa, they stress the importance of trusting doctors, not touching sick or dead people, and proper sanitation and hygiene.

Ebola, Ebola
invisible enemy
Dear parents
Follow the advice of medical authorities
Ebola came to hurt us
Respect their advice
Ebola is a problem for us
We cannot greet someone
You cannot kiss someone
It does not mean that person makes you ashamed
It’s just a reality

Africa Stop Ebola, features contributions from the Malian musicians Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangaré and Kandia Kouyaté, the Guinean singers Mory Kante and Sia Tolno, the Ivorian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly, the Congolese vocalist Barbara Kanam and the Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi.

Money raised will go to Médecins Sans Frontières. Or you can donate to MSF.

But why, oh why, did they release on iTunes? Why did they not release on bandcamp where a greater cut could have gone to Médecins Sans Frontières (unless iTunes waived their usual greed).

Also by releasing on bandacmp not iTunes, can listen to entire song, not few seconds lofi sample and people can easily share with their friends.

BBC World Service used to have until they pulled the plug an hour long programme on world music, featuring music from around the world. One of the best music programmes I have ever heard. The programme used to regularly feature talented musicians I had never heard of. It it was now, I’d be looking for them on youtube or bandcamp.

Africa Stop Ebola a beautiful haunting song, that brings tears to the eyes. Puts to shame the tacky Band Aid song. If nothing else showcases the talent of west African musicians.

I am very much reminded of Playing for Change.

The death rate from the current outbreak of Ebola is 70% (it can be as high as 90%). There is no cure. What is particularly insidious about Ebola is that you cannot hold or comfort those who are dying.

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4 Responses to “Africa Stop Ebola”

  1. keithpp Says:

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  3. keithpp Says:

    In a lengthy article, Band Aid respond to their critics.

    View at Medium.com

    Only they completely miss the point. They fail to even mention that West African artists had already released a song, let alone address why they did not promote or support it.

    View at Medium.com

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