The Concert For Ebola Relief is a humanitarian concert effort coming to The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct.3, 2014. Their mission is two-fold. The first priority is to raise funds for the organizations which are on the front lines in the fight against Ebola. They also hope to raise awareness and educate the public, especially the international community, on the urgency of this situation.
Concert promoters report 100% of the proceeds will go to Ebola effort partners Doctors without Borders and the International Medical Corps to help in the fight against the deadly disease currently cutting through West Africa. This horrific disease has crossed from Sierra Leone to Liberia, Guinea into Nigeria and the DRC now it is in Senegal. The severity of the situation cannot go ignored.
Within the few months since the first case was reported, the World Health Organization reports there are over 4000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa. There are 2000 reported deaths. Unbelievably, there is just one hospital operating in the country. There is a shortage of doctors and nurses as well. The entire country of Sierra Leone has put on lock down. Citizens have been told they cannot go out of their homes as the government attempts to contain the virus.
Hosted by J. Martins, the acts for this special event include Grammy nominee Cheick Hamala Diabate, Cameroon Allstars, Armand Ntep, Famous, Ville (Vreezy), Naomi Achu, DJ Skeeper, Pan Lara, P. Brodaz, Sahel, Rafiya, Chris Deshield and many more. Majid Michel and John Dumelo will appear as special guests. “The music we griots play is not just about making nice sounds for dancing. It’s about giving a lesson to people about their lives. You tell them about what their grandfathers did, and what they should do now,” explains Cheick Hamala Diabate. A “griot” is a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain the tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.
“We are Africans and friends of Africa concerned for the wellbeing of those families affected by this deadly virus. We must believe, we must initiate and lead in the solutions for problems in the continent of Africa. The assistance provided by international organizations will only last as long as we continue to stay engaged and proactive,” said concert founders.
Ebola is a concern to us all and no one is safe until Ebola is eradicated or a vaccine is perfected. You can help by raising money for those who are helping those in West Africa. Get your tickets here. The Fillmore Silver Spring has been a first-class music venue in Montgomery County, MD for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, on Colesville Rd., the Fillmore is a cornerstone of the neighborhood’s arts and entertainment district.