Artists in the country have joined the fight against coronavirus. Hip hop artist Phyzix has released a song Tigonjetsa Coronavirus which gives information on how to prevent the virus.
In an interview yesterday, Phyzix said it is important for artists to be involved in the fight because they are influencers and have people who look up to them in society.
“We can use our power to appeal and reach out to people and help spread the message for people to stay safe,” he said.
Phyzix said it was not easy to come up with the song given the need to balance communication and facts on the virus.
“But I thank God for giving me inspiration. In six hours, I was able to put the message together,” said the artist, adding the song was produced with the help of King George Damson and Don Foxxy, the producer.
The project is a joint venture with Chartered Institute of Markerters (CIM Malawi), which funded part of the project.
“Tikumenya nkhondo yaikulu ndi matenda
Amalawi tonse tikuti back to sender
Opita ku Mzuzu samatsika pa Jenda
Moyo wautali usafupike ndi nthenda
Palibe mankhwala otichiza ku corona
Koma tisaone ngati kuti game yagona tiigwetsa muona
Bola kumvera zomwe aukhondo akunena” goes the song in part.
With subtitles, the song’s video is easy to follow and understand. It also has clear images that complement the message.
So far, the song has gone viral on social media and is also enjoying airplay on various local TV and radio stations.
Veteran musician Ben Mankhamba is also taking his part in the fight against Covid-19 outbreak.
He has been going around in villages in Lilongwe rural teaching people about the virus.
The artist, who is also a traditional leader, has since called upon other people of influence to do their part.
“Radio stations, dedicate your time to talk about coronavirus before you lose all your listeners to this disease. I am doing it in my area, let’s all take part,” he said.
Another artist Piksy has released a single titled Corona featuring Taqua in which he is also advising Malawians about the virus and how to prevent it.
He said: “I decided to do a song since that is the way I connect easily with my fans. First I tried to get more information about the virus which was easy being a UNFPA ambassador. They gave guidelines and sponsored both audio and video.”
Other artists such as Lulu, Lucius Banda, Kell Kay, Tay Grin have recorded a joint video assuring Malawians not to panic as the virus will be contained soon so long as people adhere to preventative measures.