Listening to this song makes my heart sing. It makes me feel light and I am so in awe of the talent and the dignity of the artists. The theme of the song is a heavy one but it handled with so much care, Ebola the invisible enemy. To spread awareness about Ebola in song is the perfect medium to educate people and encourage people to visit a doctor.
I saw Salif Keita in concert in New York at the Apollo Theatre a few years ago. Seeing Salif Keita in the video brought back those memories. I remember walking to the theatre not realising that walking a hundred and ten blocks would take so long. I know! At the time I didn’t really think of the distance in terms of more than a hundred blocks more like just a little further than the top of Central Park and on the map it looked a fair distance. In fact it was far, much too far. We like walking and New York is a fantastic place to walk usually. Anyway we got to about 100th Street and admitted defeat. We were running out of time and energy. We hailed a taxi and got dinner on the way at Zoma, an Ethiopian restaurant then taxied the rest of the way to the Apollo Theatre. It was a truly memorable concert. Salif Keita is a Malian singer songwriter and is well known in Europe as a successful “African star of world music.” (Salif Keita does a solo starting at 2:00 on the YouTube video)
Africa Stop Ebola – 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
(with English subtitles)