Ministry of Health with funding from Usaid through Health Communication for Life (HC4L) in partnership with non-profit organisation Applied Development Communications and Training Services (Adecots) has engaged 10 musicians in Osayidelera Covid-19 pandemic album.
The album is already on the market and has seen artists such as King Chambieco, Black Jak, Hilco, Stitch Fray, Eliza Mponya, Keturah, Evans Meleka, Aycee James, Leslie and Ahmad Pilo contributing their sound in the collection.
Adecots Executive Director Mercy Simbi, said Wednesday that the Osayidelera Covid-19 pandemic album was part of the media products they have developed in bringing awareness to the people about the pandemic.
“We have five female and male musicians in the album which has 11 songs with the other being a theme song which has been done by three musicians,” Simbi said.
She said the theme song was done by three artists- King Chambiecco, Meleka and Mponya, who excelled having done a pretest involving different players as well as people in the communities.
“The pretest led us to cutting the number to eight and then we also did another pretest before coming up with the top three artists. We had people selecting the songs that they thought were their favourite in terms of different features including message,” Simbi said.
Meleka and Mponya said they were happy to play a role as artists in reaching out to people as regards awareness on the pandemic which continues to claim lots of lives globally.
“As artists, we have a role to play and we are happy that organisations like Adecots thought it wise to use artists in such an important initiative. I am also happy to be one of those artists to create the theme song,” Mponya said.
Simbi said they have already started distributing the album for free and that the objective was to look at risk perception towards the pandemic.
“What we are saying is that everyone may have Covid 19, we are trying to promote all preventive measures to be protected. For instance, just wearing mask is not enough and we also want to promote those who have other diseases to be protected,” she said.
Simbi said apart from the album they also have reality radio programmes and that all this was about promoting case management.
“We are bringing in case studies of those, who have had Covid-19, in other words survivors, what happened for them and what measures were they following,” she said.
Simbi said they were utilising different platforms for people to access the album.
“ We have the album on malawimusic.com, Mikozi and Adecots online platform. As I have said, the songs are free. For those who also want a CD, then they can send us a message on 0882040204”, she said.
Adecots comes out with Osayidelera Covid-19 pandemic album after also rolling out a drama episode recently known as Sankhani Moyo (Choose Life).