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Saturday, 21 March 2020

HOW THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) HAS AFFECTED MUSICIANS GLOBALLY




The coronavirus is believed to have emanated from the bat and the pangolin.

A team of Chinese researchers suspect the pangolin of transmitting the novel coronavirus to humans in the Chinese city of Wuhan; the epicenter of the pandemic that has rocked the world.

The pangolin meat is bought from Gabon. Before  now, the Chinese ate Pangolin meat and used its scale in the production of their medicine but since the outbreak of the virus, the sales of pangolin meat in Gabon has nosedived. It is needless to say that the Gabon meat sellers have lost their most valuable customers.

The symptoms of the coronavirus include;

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty in breathing
It is not surprising to me that the coronavirus began in China because those mongoloids eat anything under the sun. They eat cats, dogs, rats and I guess vultures too. I gave up on them when I watched a documentary on television where some Chinese kept a cockroach farm. They reared cockroaches and ate them as food! I do not patronize Chinese restaurants. I could never.

Their gluttony has put the world in a mess and it has severely affected us; the musicians.

Several musicians have had to cancel or postpone their music concerts and tours within and outside Nigeria because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Foreign musicians like John Legend, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban, etc have had to postpone their passions which will ultimately cost them a fortune.

Nigerian musicians like Asa, Femi Kuti and Beautiful Nubia have had to postpone their source of daily bread too. Singer Davido is not left out of this ordeal.

Asa ran away from the coronovirus in Europe to Lagos. Hopefully, her music concerts in Lagos and Abuja, on Saturday April 11 and Easter Monday April 13 respectively will go on as planned.

John Legend and Asa have devised a means of performing from the comfort of their homes to their fans via online videos.  I cannot say for sure if they get paid for their performances.

I look forward to researchers getting the cure and vaccines for this disease just as it has been found for the ebola virus.

I have also had to postpone my music concerts until further notice but I should able to resume the recording of my songs for my debut album, My Freedom, in April.

Two musicians have also been pronounced dead as a result of the coronavirus. 

The singer of soukous from Congo-Brazzaville Aurlus Mabélé, passed away this Thursday, March 19th in Paris region following the coronavirus. He was 67 years old.

Marcelo Peralta, an Argentine saxophonist renowned for his innovative approach to the avant-garde and South American musical traditions, died March 10 at a hospital in Madrid, Spain. He was six days past his 59th birthday.

As musicians, the stage is our playground. The world is our territory. We need to resume play without restrictions.


















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