The conflict in the Central African Republic is at an alarming stage. According to UN agencies, one million people have displaced and already more than 1,000 were killed. Although it is evident that the conflict is neither ethnic nor religious in nature, the conflict dynamics seem to be quite complex. There have been reports that the diamond trade has fuelled the conflict. The recent employment of military troops from France and different African nations seem not able to disarm the various militias and it becomes more and more clear that a political settlement needs to be achieved to avoid more bloodshed and lead the CAR into a peaceful future.
Centrafrican artist in the diaspora decided to come together to produce a song in order to promote peace in their home country. It is great to see that artists use their voice for such a great cause. The track ‘Paix en Centrafrique‘ was coordinated by Prisca Miande, Radio Tongolo and popular Centrafrican chanteuse Laetitia Zonzambe.
Centrafrican artists that contributed in the song were BB Matou, Max Gazoulema, Idylle Mamba, Corry Denguemo, Dj Malé, Junior Congo Sienne, Marilou Levillain, Laetitia Zonzambe, Patrick Zoutenne, Lydie Pace, Da Basta, Befa Centro, Mamy Wata, Arsene Kouby (New Gospel Family). They were supported by various different artists from other African countries: Annie Flore Batchiellilys (Gabon), Mimi Pary, Elilio, Ketsia Brown, Ngo Mang, Nelson Epesse Mang, Richard Epesse (Cameroon), Passi (Bisso Na Bisso), Le Fils Mata, Dj Zidane, Clarence, Fatima CIA (Congo), Nicotin and Fernanda (Togo). The video was directed by Congolese Hilton Aya.