“Live Thru Ebola” Is a very touchy melodic Message Johantz Wilson and his partner Ash Monique (a 14yr-old aspiring singer from London who now lives in Mount Vernon, the United States); is sending out to everyone that is affected one way or another by this deadly Ebola disease. In the song, Ash Monique sings while Wilson raps praying for better days to come.
This song, which is now making some serious international airwaves and getting a lot of media attention, came as an inspiration to Johantz after he got a phone call from his mother in Liberia telling him he had lost one of his Favorite Cousins to Ebola.
Johantz told LIB Life that his cousin recently died from Ebola and he urges the public not to lose sight of the dangers posed by the virus, in as much as there’s news that the virus is slowing down a little. He said when he heard his cousin had died from the disease, he became more determined to return to West Africa sooner than he had planned to help those suffering from the Virus.
“It was terrible because when I got the news that Ebola had hit one of my very own, it just kind of shook and tore me up,” said Johantz when he got the call from his mother who still lives in Liberia. “When mom called me that night, all I heard in her voice was, ‘Ebola is killing us, Ebola is killing us.’ She kept repeating that over and over and I was like mom, take it easy, everything is going to be alright.”
Wilson says his cousin, 38 year-old Betty Nabgah, left two of her daughters behind after contracting the illness. “It was disturbing. It was very hard to take in, you know, and all I kept on doing was hoping and praying that there was going to be better days.”
His main concern now like everyone else is that he prays to see no new cases in the three most affected countries especially his home, Liberia. He also aims to help create awareness about the problem worldwide. This is why Wilson says he’s working with the American Red Cross to promote a song he wrote and produced.
“The song is basically a message from my heart.” He added that the song is dedicated to his cousin and hopes it will soothe the hearts of other families that are suffering from all the pain the virus has caused. “I just knew that what I wrote would make a difference”.
Meanwhile, according to Wilson, all of the money the song will raise will go to the America Red Cross, which they’ll use to for the purpose towards the fight against Ebola by checking the spread of the disease in West Africa and worldwide; and help support families who are being affected by the disease.
Also speaking on News 12, Paul Shipman of the American Red Cross says, “the song is going to raise awareness about the need to fight Ebola and it’s also going to raise funds.”
Wilson is a native of Liberia, born in Buchanan and attended Cathedral Catholic School up till age 12, when he left for the United States in 1982. He still has his mother and other family members who are facing the crisis here in Liberia, not knowing what the outcome will be. He’s a music producer, songwriter, performer and owner of an independent record label Lasmouve Records based in Bridgeport, where he presently lives. Wilson’s record label has been established since 2001.
Wilson hopes to be in Liberia within the next year or two after being away for so long. His music, Live Thru Ebola can be found on Youtube via the QR code or on www.lasmouve.com.