publication . Article . 2021

Communicating Awareness About COVID-19 Through Songs: An Example From Ghana

Rachel Thompson; Jerry John Nutor; Julene K. Johnson;
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  • Published: 18 Jan 2021 Journal: Frontiers in Public Health, volume 8 (eissn: 2296-2565, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
  • Country: United States
<jats:p>Research has shown that music can be used to educate or disseminate information about public health crises. Grounded in the edutainment approach, we explored how songs are being used to create awareness about COVID-19 in Ghana, a sub-Saharan African country. YouTube was searched, and 28 songs met the study inclusion criteria. We conducted a thematic analysis of the song lyrics. Most lyrics were in English, Ghanaian Pidgin English, Akan, Ga, or Dagbani. Reflecting the multilingual population of Ghana, half of the songs contained three languages to convey their message, and only five songs were in one language. Eight themes emerged from the analysis: publi...
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