My White Army, a song of Hope to the Medics during COVID-19

Abdalla Tiff @Tiffug

As the world continues to grapple with the global pandemic of COVID-19, medics and scientists are struggling to come up with the possible remedy to save the World.

Much as those at the frontline are working tirelessly to save lives, their efforts ought to be recognized in a very special way, Dr. RashaKelej, the CEO of Merck Foundation and the President of Merck More than a Mother, who was named among the most 100 influential Africans in 2019 has created a song named ‘’My White Army” as an expression of solidarity and support to the medical workers world over.

‘’I have directed and produced for the first time, a song by singers from 11 African countries for the first time together in three languages; English, French and Arabic to show our support for medical workers around the world. This is my personal contribution towards the response to Coronavirus pandemic’’ RashaKelej

The song created and directed by RashaKelej brings together 11 artists from different Countries and these include; A Pass from Uganda, Cwesi from Ghana , Kambua from Kenya,  Mahmoud Al Leithy from Egypt, Nikki from Nigeria,  Rozzy from Sierra Leone,  Salatiel from Cameroon, Sean K from Namibia , Sunita from Gambia, Tom Close from Rwanda  and Wezi from Zambia.


The song comes up as an acknowledgement of the great sacrifice of the medical doctors, nurses and all health workers during these tough times in Africa and across the world, Rasha says this is a reenergizing force to the medical workers through an umbrella of her personal initiative, ‘Separated but Connected’.

Salatiel the famous Cameroonian singer who sang with Beyonce and Pharrell in the latest ‘Lion King’ movie is also part of the song and sang in French, so as Tom Close from Rwanda, and both of them represent African French speaking countries.

Mahmoud AL Leithy, a famous singer and actor from Egypt sang his part in Arabic to represent African Arabic speaking countries and the rest of the group are famous singers in their own respective countries and sang in English.

Through this song, singers representing Africa are expressing love, respect and gratitude for doctors, nurses and health workers at the front lines of coronavirus battle. It is their message of hope and support for those braving the outbreak to help others.

This is the first time in Africa and may be in the world that 11 singers from 11 African countries in three languages have participated in one song, to support the medical staff during this difficult time of the pandemicLink to the song

Rasha adds that medical teams at the frontline are going through hard times and risking their own lives and those of their loved ones at the expense of saving the world,  she is proud for managing to bring together 11 African artists to express love ,Hope and solidarity to all health workers across the world,

I don’t want this to be a one-off thank you, but one that becomes a regular act of gratitude across our communities. I have heard stories of horrible behavior against our health workers, such as, landlords are forcefully evicting them due to paranoia that they might spread COVID -19. It is shocking, illegal and inhuman behavior”.  Rasha Said.


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