Footballers and musicians speak out for Ebola aid

Both international footballers (soccer to those of us in the United States) and musicians have produced work to focus on aid to help in the global fight against Ebola. Read about the football “11”  and see how they are communicating information and concern.  The players use the  slogan “Together, we can beat Ebola” and the hashtag #wecanbeatebola, and convey 11 simple health messages selected with the help of doctors and health experts from Africa, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization.

And, in similar desire to raise money and awareness, musicians gathered in the spirit of the long-ago Bandaid Christmas song to record a new version. The new Bandaid 30 musicians – including Seal, Roger Taylor, Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware, Ellie Goulding, Bastille singer Dan Smith, Olly Murs, Sam Smith, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Karl Hyde of Underworld –  follow African artists who have already been using music to raise awareness of Ebola. The group has been criticized for the manner of its fundraising efforts and for not working more closely with African musicians. Critics also say the new song does not depict Africa in the right way. Listen to this Nov. 19 Morning Edition piece that also includes a sample of an African musician’s work on the Ebola crisis.

Band Aid 30

photo from The Guardian

You can also watch Ebola Frontline, a  45-minute BBC documentary on Panorama about the work NHS doctors and nurses are doing in Sierra Leone to treat those sick with Ebola.

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About janpatricequarles

MTSU Professor of Mass Communication
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