By SAM PHIRI –
IN what has now become a global way of showing support and appreciation for medical workers around the world during battle against coronavirus, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and one of 100 most influential Africans started her own idea of creating an inspiring pan-African song entitled ‘My White Army’, featuring Zambia’s celebrated songbird, Wezi.
The ‘My White Army’ song aims at thanking the doctors and nurses who are fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.
Please listen to our song ‘My White Army’: Kelej explains.
“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,” she says.
Dr Kelej has also described the musicians she has worked with as having amazing voices and great diversity from north, south, east and west of Africa.
“It was very difficult especially during the lockdown, but they were all super cooperative and we finally did it together,” Dr Kelej says.
Apart from Zambia’s Wezi, other singers include A Pass from Uganda, Cwesi from Ghana, Kambua from Kenya, Mahmoud Al Leithy from Egypt, Nikki from Nigeria and Rozzy from Sierra Leone.
Others are Salatiel from Cameroon, Sean K from Namibia, Sunita from The Gambia and Tom Close from Rwanda.
The song acknowledges great sacrifice of doctors, nurses and medical workers during these tough times in Africa and across the world.
The song was produced under the umbrella of her personal initiative, ‘Separated but Connected’.