Congolese Soukous and rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide has released a new song titled, ‘Assassin’, in which he attributes the coronavirus pandemic to the ‘anger of God’.
In the five-minute song, the Congolese singer, makes a call for the world to ‘love each other again so that God can be happy’.
‘God’s anger has shown itself in form of a virus. It is written that we are going to die but not like enemies. Now people are being buried like dogs. The assassin’s name is coronavirus. It cannot be stopped by witchcraft. Let us ask God for forgiveness so we can survive,’ the song’s translated lyrics indicate.
The video [Coronavirus Assassin] also captures empty streets as countries world over issue curfews forcing people to stay indoors. People are no longer greeting or hugging each other like in the past, and they have been forced to engage in basic hygiene practices, including washing hands.
Many other musicians have joined the call to raise awareness about the danger of coronavirus. Top on the list, is Ugandan Pop star Bobi Wine featuring Nubian Li.
“The bad news is that everyone is a potential victim but the good news is that everyone is a potential solution,” sings Wine and Li.
In their song, ‘Corona Virus Alert’, the duo does not lay blame on anyone but call for sensitisation of the masses to sanitise, keep social distance and quarantine.
With a mix of English and Luganda [one of the dialects in Uganda], they ask the world to be alert and take necessary precautions, watching out for symptoms that can signal an infection.
They call for discipline and personal hygiene, pleading with people to be patriotic and report any symptom of the global pandemic sweeping over mankind, including sneezing and coughing.
Uganda, has as of April 05 recorded 48 COVID-19 cases, with no deaths reported as a result of the virus.