#AuxSons is a collaborative, militant and solidary web media

Across Africa, music provides public interest information, under a free license, and in regional African languages.

#Dont­Go­Vi­ral, the online cam­pai­gn laun­ched by the UNESCO on April the 1st, gathers crea­tive content and fills the need for cultu­ral­ly per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion, under a free license, and in regio­nal Afri­can lan­guages. The goal is to inform all lin­guis­tic com­mu­ni­ties on the ways to pre­ven­ting the spread of COVID-19. The cam­pai­gn is also a way to fight the info­de­mic : all the dis­in­for­ma­tion and mis­in­for­ma­tion sprea­ding along­side the pandemic.

The clip Coro­na tillé (Coro­na exists) in Tama­sheq by the band Ezza from Niger, spot­ted by #Aux­Sons on April the 1st, was sub-tit­led in French, Ara­bic, and English thanks to the UNESCO campaign.

 

High-level artists from all across Afri­ca and the dia­spo­ra have joi­ned the cam­pai­gn, like Fal­ly Ipu­pa, Timi Dako­lo, Wale Tur­ner, Sto­neb­woy, Ree­ka­do Banks, Les Frères Smith and Seun Kuti, Yous­sou N’dour and Didier Awa­di, among­st others. Seun Kuti and Les Frères Smith have won the first round of #Dont­Go­Vi­ral prices in the cate­go­ry “best audio” with their single “No Waiting”.

 

Since its launch, the cam­pai­gn has recei­ved more than 500 sub­mis­sions from over 40 Afri­can coun­tries. The posts on social media, coun­ting only Face­book and Twit­ter, have rea­ched more than 90 mil­lion people, and the videos have rea­ched an incal­cu­lable amount of people through You­tube, mes­sa­ging appli­ca­tions, and local radio stations.

The artists wishing to join the ini­tia­tive can sub­mit their content here : bit​.ly/​d​o​n​t​g​o​v​i​ral

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