Artistes urged to use vernacular music to fight Coronavirus pandemic

26Mar 2020
Sabato Kasika
The Guardian
Artistes urged to use vernacular music to fight Coronavirus pandemic

RENOWNED Tanzania’s traditional dance musician, Costa Siboka, has requested his fellow musicians in the country to compose songs in their respective vernacular languages to motivate people to curb the Coronavirus pandemic.

Traditional musician Costa Siboka.

He pointed out the approach is the best way the artistes can use to help the government to deal with the pandemic which has ravaged various parts of the world.

"I call on my fellow artistes to turn into composing songs on the fight against Coronavirus pandemic, they should not dwell on composing songs about love,’’ he pointed out.

‘’They should, in fact, come up with songs in their respective vernacular languages with the aim of helping their respective societies, particularly the ones based on far flung parts of the country, actively take part in the fight against the pandemic.’’

The musician maintained the artistes’ decision to compose songs in vernacular languages will make it easy for the latter to convey the message to people, particularly those living in villages, on what is all about Coronavirus and ultimately deal with the pandemic.

"Efforts should be done to educate the society on Coronavirus disease. Artistes draw plenty of attention from people and it is easy for the musicians to convey message, the musicians should therefore come up with songs on effects of the pandemic,’’ he disclosed.

Siboka disclosed artistes, whether traditional musicians or Bongo Flava musicians, have duty to support the government’s efforts to fight the pandemic.

The musician moreover pointed out Tanzanians have duty to educate each other on effects of Coronavirus disease.

"Artistes, as I have said, draw a lot of attention from people. That is why I have advised the musicians should come up with songs in vernacular languages in an effort to make it easy for the artistes to educate their societies,’’ he disclosed.