Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Ebola has been everywhere in the news lately. From the nurse who took a bike ride, to the man in NYC who went bowling. But something interesting that we noticed in my anthropology class was the fact that here in America, instead of using the word “cure” like we want to “cure” cancer, there has been a lot of talk about how to “stop” ebola. We don’t want it here, so we want to “stop” it from coming here.
But what about helping to cure it?
This New Yorker article is providing a new spin and outlook on the disease and what the people living in these areas are doing to cope. ‘Shadow” and ‘D-12’ were inspired to create a musical tune about ebola when they realized that some of their friends weren’t taking the disease seriously. Some of the population is skeptical about the seriousness of the disease and worry about whether it’s a ploy by the government to make money.
Music is still being used to warn others and educate them about the dangers of the disease. This makes me think back to the Vietnam War and how music was used as an outlet for being honest about ones feelings. Perhaps this music will help to slow down the spread of Ebola by educating folks on the disease.