THIS past week, January 28 to be precise, marked exactly 30 years since the charity pop/gospel song We Are the World by the super-group USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) was recorded.
Written by the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones, the timeless single brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.
These included Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen and Smokey Robinson.
Others were James Ingram, Bob Dylan, Bob Geldof, just to mention a few.
I was just a kid when this song was released, but I still remember it, the record and the video and always wished to grow up in a world like the one described in the song.
This song just encompasses everything. Musically itâ€™s beautiful and I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s a songwriter alive who doesnâ€™t wish they had written this song.
The lyrics are amazing. Itâ€™s perfect; itâ€™s how we want the world to be.
I still get chills when I think about the talent that made this song. Imagine trying to get all those stars in one place today.
I donâ€™t think a collaboration of that magnitude could happen today. The artists today want full glory for their efforts.
Few would be willing to do something for the good of humankind!
There are lessons we can learn from this song. It takes me back to a time when our country was more unified.
It takes me back to a time when our politicians left their egos at the door before entering the political arena.
This song takes me back to a time when this country was indeed â€˜One Zambia, One Nationâ€™ and I canâ€™t think of a better time to be reminded of it.
Whatever is happening to this country with all the hate, political violence, unemployment, poverty and tribalism?
Paraphrasing this songâ€™s lyrics, there comes a time when we need a certain call, when a country must come together as one.
We canâ€™t go on pretending day by day that someone, somehow will soon make a change.
Weâ€™re all a part of this countryâ€™s great big family. And the truth – you know love and unity is all we need.
Instead of bickering about silly things like tribe and what not, why canâ€™t we direct all that energy towards fighting social injustices like poverty and unemployment, which are more of a threat to our well-being and livelihood than the differences in our ethnicity.
Countrymen and women, for how long are we going to keep on strangling life, wound this country and crucify its soul?
We need to come together and heal our country and make it a better place not just for you and me, but for our children and our childrenâ€™s children as well.
We need to educate our young and make them thinkers, not just test takers. We need to teach them about the importance of hard work.
We need to teach our young ones about the importance of tolerance and embracing each otherâ€™s differences.
We need to teach them how to appreciate life because, after all,
â€œWe are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
so letâ€™s start giving
Thereâ€™s a choice weâ€™re making
Weâ€™re saving our own lives
Itâ€™s true weâ€™ll make a better day,
Just you and me,â€ as the songâ€™s lyrics say.
Dear reader, I pray this song will play in your mind for the rest of the day.
The author is a regular contributor to this page and a former Copperbelt University student.