In Africa art is a way of life that lives deep in the essence of our motherland. The African beat in our walk, our talk, our gait, the way we bounce, the way we dance, and the way we connect. From Benga to Kwaito, Bikutsi to Bongo, Kizomba to Taarab, Ndombolo to the Afrobeat music is in our DNA.
Our continent is a harmony of musical talent strewn all over, from the West to the East, from the North to the South. Our gifted sons and daughters have graced major international events and continue to influence the world of music with their authentic African sound. Youssou N’dour, Miriam Makeba, Angélique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Koffi Olomidé, Manu Dibango, Mbilia Bel, Hugh Masekela, Suzzanna Owiyo, E.T Mensah Papa Wemba – just to name a few – have given the world timeless African classics that will be treasured for generations.
Even in the present day, African musicians continue to take the world by storm transcending borders with their diverse musical styles and vibrant African sound. From Diamond Platinumz to Wizkid, Fally Ipupa to Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi to Sauti Sol, Davido to Bobi Wine – the list goes on and on.
Since time immemorial music has been used as a powerful medium to send messages of awareness, of hope, and of victory. Music moves people, mobilizes them, and offers a moment to celebrate. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our social way of life is in jeopardy. Our motherland is under attack from a new and invisible enemy – COVID 19 and it is upon each and every one of us to unite in the fight against this virus.
Our movement is putting together the best African talent to come out and support our leaders, donor organizations, as well as the brave African men and women on the front lines in the battle against this pandemic. You too can join the movement by following our hashtag #WEARONEAFRICA. Check-in, Engage, Donate, and Share your story – one African to another.
We’re calling on you to help raise awareness about the We Are One Concert, connect with your friends, share your message of hope, and donate towards the AMREF Africa COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund to support and equip health care workers across Africa. Make every online challenge, viral video, witty meme count by using our hashtag #WEAREONEAFRICA and getting your friends to join in on the fun.
Together we can dance to one African beat, Together we can defeat COVID-19.
We are One Africa!