DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka
SINGER and songwriter Wezi is among the artistes featuring on a pan-African song titled My White Army, which is meant to give support to medical workers at the front line against the coronavirus.
The song, which was produced and directed by Merck Foundation chief executive officer Dr Rasha Kelej, was written and composed by Ghanaian Cwesi Oteng.
The song glorifies the works that nurses and doctors do in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, acknowledging that frontline workers deserve to be recognised and commended for their life-saving efforts and personal sacrifices amid increased medical risk.
“Nurses are the world’s life-savers/ They are risking their own health and too often sacrificing time with their family to help those suffering from COVID-19,” the lines of the song go.
Wezi told the Weekend Mail that the safety of health workers during this pandemic is crucial for communities to overcome the disease.
“They not only save people from COVID-19, they also ensure the continuity of life-saving health services to protect people from accidents and other illnesses,” she said.
“So a message in the song gives hope to the white army.”
Wezi takes the opportunity to feature in the song as an honour.
“Being picked among all the powerful musicians in the southern region is amazing for me,” Wezi, who rose to fame in 2016 after releasing her debut EP Uhai, which won her the 2016 New Artiste of the Year at the Zambian Music Awards (ZMA), said.
“We’re two from southern Africa, I and a colleague from Namibia. I am grateful to Dr Kelej for the opportunity. Unity is the way to go for Africa.”
Others featuring on the song include A Pass (Uganda), the songwriter Cwesi Oteng, Kambua (Kenya), Mahmoud Al Leithy (Egypt), Nikki (Nigeria), Rozzy (Sierra Leone), Salatiel (Cameroon), Sean K (Namibia), Sunita Daffeh (The Gambia) and Tom Close (Rwanda).
“This song is to acknowledge the great sacrifice of our doctors, nurses and medical workers during these tough times in Africa and across the world under the umbrella of my personal initiative, ‘Separated but Connected’,” Dr Kelej said.
“I am very proud that I have been able to coordinate, direct and produce this gesture of support across 11 African countries through the 11 talented singers in three languages, Arabic, English and French. They have amazing voices and great diversity.”
DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka