Africa’s smartest move is turning to pop music for Ebola warnings

They’ve done it with AIDS and world hunger. Why not sing songs about Ebola? At this point, any extra effort to try to curb the threat of the virus seems like an excellent idea to us.

Ebola has half our nation in a panic and it hasn’t even truly begun to wreak the havoc on America that it has in Liberia. With thousands of people dying from the excruciating virus, Africa has had to explore various efforts to warn people of its deadliness. One of their newest options? Music. We found some pretty interesting new “jams” attempting to spread the word on Ebola. Will it work?

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Shadow and D-12 — “Ebola in Town”

As you undoubtedly already know, Ebola is no longer just a threat to West Africa, but to the U.S., as well. So, it should come as no surprise that one of the acts leading the way with Ebola-related music is Detroit’s own D-12.

UNICEF and the Liberian Ministry of Health — “Ebola is Here”

For a government-funded-and-produced health advisory, “Ebola is Here” is surprisingly catchy. We’re not entirely certain that a song that makes you want to dance will paint the most vivid picture of Ebola’s threat, but it’s certainly become popular.

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Black Diamond — “Ebola = Outbreak in West Africa”

Black Diamond has two messages for Africans and he deems both of the utmost importance. 1. Ebola is here and deadly. Be careful. 2. It may be a man-made virus being used for population control. He’s slightly more conspiratorial than Chris Brown about the deadly disease, though.

Xuman — “Umbrella” parody about Ebola

The most important factor to consider when coming up with a proper health advisory is to make sure it’s memorable. What better way to do that than to put the facts to a tune the world is already familiar with? For Senegal, Xuman used a Rihanna song to warn his fellow citizens that the danger was all around, singing, “The disease is among our neighbors, Liberians and Guineans.”

Tan Tan B and Quincy B — “State of Emergency”

This track from two well-known Liberian hip-hop artists is a little more mellow, but the message is still clear and the pain is real. At one point, the lyrics echo their concern with, “I see my people dying, but nobody’s firing.”

How long until America’s radios are filled with warnings against Ebola? Probably sooner than you think if we can’t find a way to properly help Africa and, ya know, take care of people here who have contracted the virus.


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