In an effort to recognize the meaningful and worthy contribution made by Liberian artists during the fight against the Ebola Virus, the president of Musicians Union of Liberia, Cecil Griffiths, has said that the union will honor some of its members for their role played in the fight against Ebola.
He added that during the height of the Ebola crisis, anti-Ebola songs by Liberian musicians were instrumental in raising awareness. The artists who did these songs were for the most part self-supported and only a few were ever sponsored.
“This honoring program is being planned to appreciate the artists for their level of work done in helping to eradicate Ebola from Liberia, he said, adding that the honor will come in two phases.
According to him, the first phase will be awarded to individual artists who single- handedly sang anti-Ebola songs. The second phase will be awarded to group songs.
He disclosed that the honor will be extended on the basis of merit and for the amount of anti-Ebola songs an artist must have played over air during the Ebola crisis.
The program will meet international standards, he promised, and music videos will be previewed on stage prior to each award.
He also indicated that the program is the beginning of many initiatives to be undertaken by the Musician Union, designed to support the industry.
“We are still working on plans with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) to use the Centennial Pavilion as the venue, but full preparation has already been made for the program to be held on May 30, 2015,” he explained.
The Union welcomes more support for the program, he added.
An insider from the office of the Union confided to LIB Life that the song “Ebola is Real,” made by Deng, Soul Fresh and F.A, will be awarded as an anti-Ebola song made by a group. Other songs to be honored include “Hope Song,” produced by Liberian Artists Together For Advancement (LATA).