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African artists ‘Stand Together’ in new African anthem during COVID

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The ONE Campaign and 10 major African artists have come together to release a music track calling for the world to join in solidarity to fight COVID-19.

In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and MTV Base, “Stand Together” is a solidarity anthem featuring some of Africa’s biggest music stars: 2Baba, Ahmed Soultan, Ben Pol, Teni, Yemi Alade, Amanda Black, Stanley Enow, Gigi La Mayne, Prodigio and Betty G.

The song has been produced by Nigerian producer Cobhams Asuquo and the artists, named “African Artists Unite” represent multiple parts of the continent, including Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroon, Angola, Ethiopia, and Morocco.

“These songs don’t always come around, so it’s always a breath of fresh air when you get to listen to songs like this,” said Yemi Alade.

The song launched during the Nelson Mandela Annual lecture 2020 and featured remarks from UN Secretary-General António Guterres around the theme of tackling inequality during COVID-19.

“It’s a necessary move for us as artists to join together and to do more of these activities to serve the community,” said Ben Pol, Tanzanian artist.

“Our job is … to inspire people and to sort of comfort them, and make them see it’s us. It’s only us, and we’ll never be ok until all of us are ok,” Amanda Black explained.

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