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Throughout the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, local musicians composed and performed music to combat mistrust of and misinformation surrounding the disease. Many artists participated in Ebola music campaigns live and online, either through independent projects or through funding by the government or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Previous research on public health music suggests that when musicians are sponsored by these Western-based NGOs, their creative processes become entangled with larger development agendas, many of which implement neoliberal capitalist ideologies rooted in globalization and neocolonialism (Morin 2012; Pier 2015). I argue that in spite of these transient financial opportunities presented by Western aid projects, local independent initiatives offer a valuable yet overlooked method of knowledge dissemination, demonstrating great opportunity to promote local arts familiar to indigenous communities. Drawing on lyrical and structural analysis of Internet songs, as well as participant-observation of concerts and oral history collection with local musicians in Conakry, Guinea, I deconstruct how these artists and production teams responded to the Ebola crisis while seeking to preserve their sociocultural identities in an increasingly globalized world.
Rivera, M. P. (2017). Singing Ebola: Music, Media, and the Politics of Participation in West Africa. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493410536