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Coronavirus: Uganda s Ghetto President releases sensitization track

The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt life across the world. The disruption is gathering steam in African countries that have recorded cases as compared to for example Italy where the entire country is almost in a lockdown. The impact on gatherings is an area that most African governments have moved to control. Kenya has barred public gatherings after recording its index case. Uganda and other countries are calling for less gatherings. Our main coronavirus hub is seized with major developments around the epidemic. This piece will focus on the impact on entertainment and other cultural events. Ugandan pop-star MP releases coronavirus track Ugandan lawmaker and afro-pop star Bobi Wine has released a track educating people about the coronavirus and the need to stay alert and keep safe from the virus. “The bad news is that everyone is a potential victim. But the good news is that everyone is a potential solution. Sensitize the masses to sanitize, keep a social distance and quarantine” part of the song says. The song is in collaboration with a fellow artiste Nubian Li. It warns about the danger of the virus and the need for people to take it seriously and stay alert. It spells out the symptoms and entreats infected people to seek medication and not spread it. Enjoy the video below: .embed-container { position: re padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: ab top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Congolese ‘King of Soukous’ dies A Congolese music star reputed by his fans as ‘King of soukous’ – a high tempo dance music enjoyed across the continent died on Thursday in the French capital, Paris. Aurlus Mabélé real name is Aurélien Miatsonama, was from Congo-Brazzaville and moved to France in the 1980s. He died in a Parisian hospital, aged 67. Though unconfirmed the death has been linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement of his death according to Congolese local news site IciBrazza was first posted by his compatriot Mav Cacharel on Facebook. “Good evening everyone, I have sad news to announce the death of my famous friend, brother and collaborator Aurlus Mabélé, which happened this Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 14 pm, in the Paris region, from the follow-up of (a) coronavirus (case),” Cacharel’s post read in part. The deceased’s daughter, singer Liza Monet, also tweeted on Thursday that her father had died of coronavirus. “Thank you for honoring his memory. It is a great legend of the Soukouss that the Congolese people have lost today. I am inconsolable and collapsed. My dad whom I love so much … Aurlus Mabele …,” a translation of her tweet read. The BBC reports that his manager, Jimmy Ouetenou, disputed the coronavirus account saying that Aurlus had long-term health problems. He confirmed that talks were afoot to repatriate his body for burial back home. In the meantime, his coffin will be placed in a burial vault until travel restrictions due to coronavirus are lifted, reports BBC Afrique’s Rose-Marie Bouboutou. ⚫️ #Congo – #Musique : Décès de Aurlus Mabele, le Roi du soukouss des années 80-90 de son vrai nom Aurélien Miatsonama, Aurlus est décédé aujourd hui à #Paris des suites d une longue. pic.twitter.com/RJMnYC07GO— ICIBRAZZA (@ICIBrazza) March 19, 2020 Tanzanian rapper tests positive One of Tanzania’s most popular rappers, Mwana FA, says he has tested positive for coronavirus. Mwana FA, whose real name is Khamis Mwinjuma, said when he had returned from South Africa he started developing a fever and symptoms of the virus. Tests confirmed that he had Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. In an Instagram post in the Swahili language to his more than 3.3 million followers, Mwana FA said: “I’ve decided to record this video message to tell you that this disease is real!” He appealed to them to follow expert advice on washing hands and keeping a social distance from others – and not to panic if they caught the virus. Mwana FA signed off with the plea: “Let’s take care of each other.” The manager of Diamond Platinumz, another one of Tanzania’s big music stars, has also revealed that he has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Known as Sallam, he assured his one million followers on Instagram that he was doing well. “Be safe everyone out there. This too will pass,” he said. BBC Places of worship – churches and mosques – have been in the middle of government instructions for people to stay away from groupings. Whereas most religious entities have expressly asked worshippers to say their prayers at home, there are some instances across Africa where religious groups are protesting the orders. Rwandan churches closed last week on government orders An annual Easter event in South Africa has been postponed In Congo Brazzaville mosques have been closed since a government order on Wednesday Some bishops in Ghana said government needed to consult before closure orders Ethiopian churches asked to regulate service Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Sierra Leone ask churches to scale down crowds sizes Kenya places of worship shut down Senegal ordered all places of worship be shut, orders complied with pic.twitter.com/hzpzmmj66B— Jamia Mosque (@jamia_mosque) March 18, 2020 Rwanda issues hospitality guidelines Rwanda Development Board has written to managers and owners of hospitality establishments reminding them of COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. Business that fall under the hospitality establishment include: Hotels, accommodation entities, restaurants, bars, pubs and night clubs. The release dated March 18, 2020 was signed by RDB CEO, Clare Akamanzi. The three-point guidelines were as follows: Install hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers in all establishments. Entertainment activities have to be temporarily stopped (live bands, DJs, night clubs, pool table games etc) until further notice. Customers in restaurants should be served seated and should strictly observe at least one-meter distance. Rwanda also announced fixed prices for certain basic commodities amid price-gouging by traders. Across Africa, people seeking to stock food for any eventualities and traders seeking undue profit have caused prices of commodities to spike. South African choir joins corona combat The Ndlovu Youth Choir in South Africa are making waves on social media with a song preaching effective prevention methods for the coronavirus. In a 1 minute 6 seconds video, the group in brightly coloured traditional dresses dance whiles advising people on the rampaging virus. The track titled “We’ve Got this – Fight against Coronavirus / COVID-19” advices as follows: Wash your hands Don’t touch your face Don’t go to the doctor, just call Don’t panic, we will beat corona Don’t spread rumours The song is in a local dialect with English translations blended in seamlessly. The choir is famous for its animated performance at the 2019 finals of America’s Got Talent. It gained Twitter traction after it was shared by Director-General of the World Health Organization, WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. .embed-container { position: re padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: ab top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Entertainers react to virus Ghana’s Manifest In these turbulent times, we need voices of reason. manifestive posits 3 key things for all of us ??.

Thank you, Amet. pic.twitter.com/V9VYbDZbRX Gary #JoySports (garyalsmith) March 15, 2020 Nigeria’s Asa PSA ❤️? pic.twitter.com/z7BOxWSMVf— Asa (@Asa_official) March 13, 2020 Sierra Leone’s Mos B .embed-container { position: re padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: ab top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } African stars cancel global tours A number of African entertainers are announcing suspension of their planned shows over the coronavirus outbreak. One such is Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, who via social media announced the postponement of his planned Europe tour that was set to kick off on Friday. “CORONA VIRUS, We have Postponed My EUROPE TOUR...New Dates will be Announced Soon….#SafetyFirst,” he posted on Instagram. He was scheduled to perform in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden. Nigerian star Davido also announced the cancellation of a North America tour he said has sold-out stressing that the right thing to do was to cancel and protect the health and safety of patrons. “I’m saddened to halt what has been a fantastic sold-out tour so far, but postponing is the right thing to do. The health and safety of my fans and staff is most paramount and nothing else matters. Be safe and see you all soon! God be with us all!” he said in a tweet. I’m saddened to halt what has been a fantastic sold-out tour so far, but postponing is the right thing to do. The health and safety of my fans and staff is most paramount and nothing else matters. Be safe and see you all soon! God be with us all! pic.twitter.com/NSG6Y5SltN— Davido (@davido) March 13, 2020 Trevor Noah says “bye” to live audiences Trevor sings a tribute to The Daily Show studio audience: goodbye, stay well, and we’ll see you soon ? pic.twitter.com/Smmvhu4yzj— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 13, 2020 Ghanaian rapper ‘preaches’ prevention Well, sarkodie nailed it right there. Provision is better than kiosk Practice basic hygiene #TV3GH pic.twitter.com/TuwP4J6js9 #TV3GH (tv3_ghana) March 12, 2020

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