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Sierra Leone News: Jimmy B Joins fight against Ebola

Jimmy BThe ‘God-father’ of Sierra Leone’s contemporary music industry Jimmy Yeanie Bangura, popularly known as Jimmy B, has joined the fight against the deadly Ebola disease in Sierra Leone through the launch of a song title ‘the Ebolo song”.
This is not the first time that the musician turn filmmaker has done songs about development and national issues. He was at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS and his contribution towards bringing peace to Sierra Leone was even more well documented.
About the outbreak of the virus which has led to the death of about 110 people in Sierra Leone, Jimmy described the outbreak as “the biggest calamity that has befallen Sierra Leone after the war”. He added: “we need to come together and fight together.” ‘The Ebola Song features veteran musician Steady Bongo and singing sensation Heyden Adama.
Jimmy B said he produced the song from his little resources and thanked Steady Bongo and Heyden Adama for their parts in it. “I am giving this song out free of charge and I want the Ministry of Health to help distribute it far and wide.”
He said the song is self-explanatory and it is aimed at raising awarenss about the deadly virus that is spreading fast in the country.
Jimmy B maintained that he has rapport and access to the masses and through his song he believes the masses will understand and learn about the dangers of Ebola as it is a gift to the people of Sierra Leone.
Jimmy B hopes the ‘the Ebola Song’ will go a long way to help sensitize people on this latest trying times in the country’s life. “We need more information about the dangers of this disease and ‘the Ebola Song’ will serve as a useful tool to help sensitize others. Music reaches a wider audience and I am sure the message will reach the people through this song,” he said.
He added that most time people tend to listen to their icons than politicians and therefore urged the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to work with artists. “We have been very consistent and society also tends to trust and listen to us.”
The Ebola outbreak which has killed over 500 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has been described by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) as the worst outbreak since the virus was first discovered in the former Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) almost 40 years ago.
Tuesday July 15, 2014

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