By Aubrey Vakhani, Contributor:
Two musicians Ishmael Katawala and Alfred Kanonji have teamed up to produce a song aimed at bringing awareness to the masses on the coronavirus pandemic which continues to claim lots of lives in the world.
The song is titled ‘Coronavirus’. The song was produced by Shaibu Allie at Shey B Records in Blantyre.
The country has so far registered four cases of the pandemic, three in Lilongwe and one in Blantyre but there are no deaths.
The country has stepped up the fight against the pandemic by putting a number of measures and they include a ban on public gathering of more than 100 people which has ended up affecting the creative industry.
Katawala said artists apart from giving people the much needed fun through among others, music, poetry, drama and movies, have an important role of disseminating important messages.
He said it was in this vein that they decided to work on a song talking about coronavirus pandemic.
“We are in a situation where we have to unite and do the needful to fight coronavirus pandemic. As artists, we have not been left behind and this is why we thought of coming up with a song to talk about the pandemic and how its spread can be avoided,” Katawala said.
He said the song will be distributed for free so that it gets to more people in urban and rural areas.
He added: “The song talks about how the virus is spread, its symptoms and precautions one can take to avoid the virus. We are happy that we have taken part in the fight against the pandemic. We just felt we should use our talent to do that and praise be to God for the talent”.
It is not clear as to whether the two artists’ linking up this time would see them working together in more projects.
Katawala and Kalonji are not the only artists, who have released songs on coronavirus pandemic, there are also other artists such as Piksy, Jack Ndenje and Farai Chazima Soko, who have also produced songs on the pandemic.
Coronavirus started in December last year in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China and it has spread across the globe including Malawi.