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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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Nyimbo Za EDZI (Songs About AIDS)

(p.85) 7 Interlude
The Culture of AIDS in Africa

E. Jackson Allison

Oxford University Press

This chapter, written by a medical doctor who specializes in emergency medicine and public health, reflects on two episodes of arts-based health intervention in Malawi. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1960s, the author used his musical talents to develop a series of experimental recordings and public outreach puppet shows promoting better health practices. This chapter presents the six songs (in English and Chichewa) that he wrote, at the request of Project HOPE, in cooperation and collaboration with Peace Corps/Malawi and the Malawian government. He performed the songs in concert in Malawi and released as an album in 1995. One of the songs talks about compassion, care, and love for people with HIV/AIDS.

Keywords:   arts, health intervention, Malawi, Peace Corps, recordings, songs, Project HOPE, HIV/AIDS

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