Infectious Ebola Song Goes Viral to Raise Awareness for the Epidemic

A dance song by Liberian musicians has become the unlikely PSA about Ebola for those living in West Africa—and it’s surprisingly catchy!

Samuel “Shadow” Morgan and Edwin “D-12” Tweh are from the country’s capital of Monrovia and have made music together for a long time, NPR reported. In May, at the start of the Ebola outbreak that has now claimed thousands of lives, the two came up with the idea to make a song about Ebola.

Many people—including their friends—had heard about the Ebola threat, but didn’t take the disease seriously. This has been due in part to misinformation and a lack of public health education. A lot of people said they thought Ebola was a government scam to make money.

Shadow and D-12 improvised the song and created the melody and beat in a day, uploaded it to the Internet, and then started sharing it with as many people as possible.

It went viral, and now it’s been made into ringtones and is played widely across the country. It’s inspired a dance routine, and helped raise awareness to prevent the infection.

The two have been in the U.S. since June, and hope to do benefit concerts while in the country, to continue to raise money and awareness for the epidemic.

Check out the song in the video above.