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Musicians from Tanzania fight infodemic around COVID-19

As part of the #DontGoViral campaign launched by UNESCO in partnership with the Innovation for Policy Foundation (i4Policy), Siti Amina and Msafiri Zawose, internationally renowned musicians from Tanzania, joined the battle against COVID-19 by composing and performing beautiful songs to educate their communities to take necessary actions during the pandemic.

Siti Amina is a renowned artist from Zanzibar - Tanzania, who has perfomed as part of Siti and The Band in different platforms including ZIFF (Zanzibar), Wikiendi Live (Dar es Salaam), Women’s Day at Alliance Francaise (Nairobi), Doadoa Festival (Kampala), Felabration Music Festival (Nigeria), ACCES (Nairobi, the Music Imbizo, Moshito Conference and Showcase (South Africa) and many more.

‘Homa ya Dunia’ is Siti Amina’s first single as a solo artist. Created in order to raise awareness about staying safe during the global pandemic of COVID-19. ‘Homa ya Dunia’ encourages us to protect ourselves while remaining positive and strong. “Music is a channel of hope,” says Amina. To watch her song Homa ya Dunia, please click https://youtu.be/12GhaY5-BXc

No need to be afraid
Siti Amina

On 25 May 2020, as part of the celebration of Africa Day, and in partnership with France 24 and the Innovation for Policy Foundation, UNESCO hosted a special edition of ResiliArt with focus on the #DontGoViral Campaign. Siti Amina was one of the panelists during the debate. The debate shed light on the social and economic challenges they face and discussed how music is a tool to fight disinformation. This virtual discussion was followed by a musical performances by more than twenty prominent artists from across Africa and the African diaspora that celebrated the crucial role music plays during lockdowns as well as during the recovery phase. Siti Amina performed her song, ‘’Homa ya Dunia”.

It’s our responsibility to fight against this threat – it’s everyone’s responsibility
Msafiri Zawose

About #DontGoViral

#DontGoViral is an online campaign launched by UNESCO and the Innovation for Policy Foundation (i4Policy) on 1 April 2020. The campaign crowdsources creative content and addresses the urgent need for culturally relevant openly licensed information in African languages to inform communities, in their own languages, about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and combat the “infodemic” spreading disinformation and misinformation about the virus. To learn more about #DontGoViral campaign https://en.unesco.org/covid19/communicationinformationresponse/dontgoviral

About #ResiliArt

ResiliArt is an online debate series with key industry professionals and artists—both established and emerging— that raises awareness of the far-reaching impact of current lockdown measures as well as of the importance of cultural and creative industries for economic development and social cohesion. To learn more about #ResiliArt https://en.unesco.org/news/resiliart-artists-and-creativity-beyond-crisis

Culture is the soft power of a nation. It is the soul that makes us know what it is that makes us Tanzanians. Therefore the promotion of culture is the responsibility of everyone –Government, artists, arts and cultural organizations.
Dr. Emmanuel Temu, Director of Culture Development Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports