Outbreak inspires art
LIBERIA’S artists have confronted the illness through their work, which includes:
White Ebola, a political song by Mr Monrovia, AG Da Profit and Daddy Cool, centred on the general mistrust of foreigners.
Ebola In Town, a dance tune by a group of West African rappers. D-12, Shadow and Kuzzy Of 2 Kings warn people of the dangers of the virus.
They made up a dance in which no body contact is required – a rare occurrence in African dance.
But some health-care workers had concerns that the Ebola In Town song’s warning “don’t touch your friend” could worsen the stigma.
Senegalese rapper Xuman parodied Rihanna’s Umbrella in Ebola
est là (Ebola is here). The song’s lyrics warn locals: “The disease is among our neighbours, Liberians and Guineans.” The track was a hit.
Ebola Is Real is a hip hop tune done in collaboration with Liberian artists F.A., Soul Fresh, DenG, Adolphus Scott (a Liberian communication specialist for Unicef) and Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
In August, football superstar George Weah and Ghanaian musician Sidney produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola.
The proceeds from the track were donated to the Liberian Health Ministry. – Wikipedia