In the fight against Ebola and Xenophobia, African artists unite.
Organizers of the MTN Radio Awards have called on radio stations across the continent to stand in solidarity against the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa by broadcasting the new Africa Against Ebola and Xenophobia rendition of “We Are the World”.
The song, which debuted at the 2015 edition of the awards on Saturday 18 April, features 180 musicians from seven African countries – Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Cameroon and South Africa – singing for peace and tolerance on the continent.
“It is a collaboration called Africa Against Ebola and Xenophobia,” the organizers said. “It features 180 artists from across the African continent and is a demonstration of the beautiful music that Africans can make when we work together.”
The African artists who contributed to the song include:
Nigeria: Harrysong, Iyanya, Praiz, Tiwa Savage, Emma Nyra, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Di’Ja, Victor Pedro, Yemi Alade, Banky W, Sean Tizzle, Emmy Gee, Patoranking, Kcee, Iceberg, Dr Sid, Don Jazzy and Mosa
South Africa: Thembisile Ntaka, Kurt Darren, Elvis Blue, Sfiso Ncwane, Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, MXO, Thandiswa Mazwai, Donald, Khaya Mthethwa, Dr Sid, Mosa, Steve Kekana, Ziyon, RazorKutt, Moneoa, Kelly Khumalo, PJ Powers, Danny K, Lloyd Cele, Mathew Gold, Loyiso, Zamo and RJ Benjamin, as well as the groups Mafikizolo, Mahotella Queens and Joyous Celebration
Zimbabwe: Gigi LaMayne, Melly Mel, GPB, LyM-C, Thaiwanda and Thailand
Cameroon: Wax Dey
Kenya: Liz Ogumbo
Mozambique: Gabriela and Lizha James
The musical director was Lindelani Mkhize, assistant musical director Oskido and sound engineer Richard Mitchell.