A collective of African musicians have come together to record a song to help raise awareness about Ebola in Africa. The song, entitled “Africa Stop Ebola”, features the singers Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Kandia Kora, Mory Kante, Sia Tolno, Barbara Kanam and rappers Didier Awadi, Marcus (from the band Banlieuz’Arts) and Mokobe, and also includes the musicians Sékou Kouyaté (electric guitar, bass, electric kora) et Ludovic N’Holle (drums).
The song is a message to citizens about what they can do to help stop the spread of Ebola in Africa. The song is performed in French and vernacular languages widely spoken across the region to ensure that the message is understood regardless of the level of literacy and education of the population.
The major labels may have their million-dollar marketing machines — but with all the money in the world, there’s still one thing they can’t manufacture: an authentic story, something unforgettably unique or heartwarming, something that MUST be heard.
During my stay in Tokyo I loved to watch YouTube videos before going to bed. By chance I found this one and felt that some of my readers might be interested in this great musician who passed away two years ago. I heard the first time about Captain Beafheart when I was in Japan maybe around 1976. A friend of mine had a cassette of a Frank Zappa live recording featuring Captain Beafheart on vocals. This album is still one of my favorite one.
A little information about the Captain
Don Van Vliet, born Don Glen Vliet, January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet widely known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called The Magic Band, active between 1965 and 1982, with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition. Beefheart was also known for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians, and for often constructing myths about his life. Read more about him here.
Here is a YouTube video of a guy who quit his hotel job before being fired. When watching the video and reading the text to it, I realized that music is even happening when you want to quit a job. And this what DooBeeDoo is about: to make its readers aware that music can be used in every situation, if you feel so, although some imagination and sensitivity might be needed.