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San Diego priest uses music to spread hope

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 21:11:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Father Emmanuel Ochigbo sees the impact of COVID-19 every day in the community, not just as a Priest at Sacred Heart Church of Ocean Beach, but as a Chaplin at Scripps Mercy Chula Vista.

"Even though I may not be able to take away the pain that people are going through, what can I do to help with the suffering?" Ochigbo says.

And that’s where his passion for music and his love for singing comes in. He along with two nuns, Sister Rebecca and Catia, and Padre Steve came together and created the song “Baila Baila.”

“I thought of composing a song that will encourage people to react to, respond to, what’s going on by becoming a light in the tunnel through singing and dancing," said Ochigbo.

And thanks to social media, the #BAILABAILACHALLENGE was born, where people record themselves performing the dance to the song.

Ochigbo says he has gotten videos locally and from those in other parts of the world. A simple way he says can bring people together and spread a message of hope.

“It’s a way of telling the world, let’s cheer up. Let’s not give up, until we come to the end of the tunnel," said Ochigbo.