The acknowledgement and show of solidarity in a song, MY WHITE ARMY is directed and produced by Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and acknowledges the great work health workers who are on the front line of the coronavirus battle do on daily bases since the outbreak of the virus in order to save lives. To Dr Rasha Kelej, “This song is to acknowledge the great sacrifice of our doctors, nurses and medical workers during these tough times in Africa and across the world under the umbrella of my personal initiative…”
The piece is written by lyrics and music writer, Cwesi from Ghana and he sings alongside some other ten top music stars from the East, West , North and South Africa like; A Pass from Uganda, Kambua from Kenya, Mahmoud Al Leithy from Egypt, Nikki from Nigeria, Rozzy from Sierra Leone, Salatiel from Cameroon, Sean K from Namibia, Sunita from The Gambia, Tom Close from Rwanda and Wezi from Zambia and done in English, French and Arabic. Through this song, the singers representing Africa are expressing our love, respect and gratitude to doctors, nurses and health workers, who are on the front line of covid-19 battle. It is their messages of support for those who like soldiers are ready to save others even if it ends up taking their lives as has been the case with some.
After carefully watching and listening to the piece, one can comment that the careful choice of words and proper placements make it just a song in time to encourage and give warmth to the medics who wear, tear and burn out every day on the line of duty. Some have lost their lives and as soldiers never retreat, they are still more than ever before determined to stamp out the virus. Yes, they are MY white army! Metaphorically, they are an army and fighting a noble cause. They are not using guns that cause pain to humanity but rather fighting a pandemic which is an enemy to life. As gentle as they are, they fight a battle that kills more than bullets. Hundreds of thousands have died across the world from covid-19 and everyone including politicians who have been animating world scenes, soldiers who fight to defend certain interests all bow out and some in hideouts. But, the white army is always there. They spent sleepless nights saving lives and trying to make this world a better place.