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  • 22 November 2012, 11:30

'Africans donate radiators to Norway'

A music video apparently appealing to Africans to donate radiators for freezing children in Norway has gone viral online.

The spoof 'Radi-aid' video, a parody of the 1985 US charity song We are the World, was the idea of a Norwegian group aiming to challenge stereotypes about Africa.

The song has been released online by the spoof charity Africa for Norway and features South African rapper Breezy Vee.

Speaking as part of the campaign, the musician warned Norwegians faced frostbite as the country's cold season advanced.

He said: "People don't ignore starving people so why should we ignore cold people? Frostbite kills too. Africa, we need to make a difference to Norway."

In the video, the rapper urges Africans to donate their old radiators to help Norwegians survive the winner.

The video then features a charity song about the apparent crisis, interspersed with footage of Norwegians struggling in the snow and scenes showing people taking their heaters to donate to the campaign.

The Radi-aid single includes the lyrics: "In Norway kids are freezing, it's time for us to care. There's heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share.

"Yes Africans keep thinking we can contribute. The warmth we've got we'd like to share but we can't distribute."

The project, set up by the Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund, warns people too often view Africa as a basket case in need of charity.