African artists unite to fight Ebola
Some of Africa’s musicians are set to re record a new rendition of We Are The World. Mafikizolo’s Theo Kgosinkwe is leading the group of artists from across the continent including Tiwa Savage, Sean Tizzle, Davido, Chidinma, K-Cee and Banky W; Jose Chameleone from Uganda; R2BEES and SK Originale from Ghana; Fally Ipupa from the Democratic Republic of Congo; Wax Dey from Cameroon; and Zimbabweans Shinsoman and Gigi LaMayne.
The first rendition of the charity single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, saw the world’s artists come together under the ‘Super group USA for Africa’, to raise money to fight famine. The single sold 10 million copies worldwide and won the Grammy award for the song of the year in 1985.
Kgosinkwe said the group were hoping to at least raise significant amounts of money to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa and that it was about time Africans took ownership of their own problems.
“Africans have been silent for too long and we as African artists have decided to do something about it. We are honoured to be doing the cover of one of the most iconic songs in the world and hope to spread awareness and bring people together,” he said.
Recording on the track began on Saturday and the single will be available for download in December.