Angry Dad Writes Controversial Coronavirus Song After His Son Was Denied a Test

Nationwide — A 60-year old father who calls himself The Undiscovered Artist has penned a powerful, but controversial tune about the Coronavirus after his 39-year old son was denied a test. It is called the “Coronavirus Song (The Rona Song)” and it creatively represents a voice that most in the Black community can easily resonate with as reports continue to reveal that many African Americans are being denied tests, and thus are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates.

The Undiscovered Artist, whose real name is Irvin Lee, is from the Washington DC area. He says a personal experience motivated him to write, produce and sing the song; His own son began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, was admitted to the hospital, but was told that he did not qualify for a test.

Lee comments, “It was very scary. My son was experiencing shortness of breath and other symptoms, and immediately began self-isolating himself to try and protect his family. But when he went to the Emergency Room to try and get a diagnosis, they told him that he didn’t qualify for a test even though he has health insurance.”

“This angered me,” Lee says. But thankfully his son turned out to be okay. The whole experience, however, inspired him to create a song that others with similar experiences would be able to relate to.

The song, which took him just two weeks to finish, is a voice that millions in the Black community can resonate with. It speaks to the confusion, frustration, and disappointment that many are feeling as local and national data slowly reveals that not only are African Americans more likely to die from Coronavirus, but many of them are being denied testing.

“I had to write a song to capture this,” Lee says. “My style of writing is heavily influenced by artists like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye who, during their time, created music about the struggles and injustices that many people had to deal with.”

Officially called the “Coronavirus Song (The Rona Song)” by The Undiscovered Artist, the song can be heard online at and can be streamed on iTunesSpotifyAmazon MusicTidalGoogle Music Play, and more.

Lee says that he will donate a portion of the proceeds to families affected by COVID-19. He is also using the song as the perfect opportunity to kick off his very own independent record label called Music U Can Feel, which promises to release more compelling songs about serious topics.


Watch the song’s music video on YouTube:


Yes, African Americans really are being denied tests… and are dying as a result!

#1 – According to NBC News, 63-year old Deborah Gatewood from Detroit, Michigan was a healthcare worker who was denied a test three times from the very hospital where she worked. Sadly, she passed away from the virus just two weeks later.

#2 – 25-year old Bassey Offiong, according to Detroit News, was a college student at Western Michigan University. He was denied a test multiple times, and consequently died fighting the virus just a few weeks before he was set to graduate.

#3 – According to USA Today, 56-year old Gary Fowler “begged” for a test but was turned away multiple times. He later died at home.

#4 – The Guardian reports that Kayla Williams, a 36-year old single mother of 3 from London, also died from the virus just a day after she called emergency services and was told that she could not be admitted to a hospital because she was not a “priority”.

#5 – Most recently, CBS News has confirmed that 30-year old Rana Zoe Mungin, a 30-year old social studies teacher from Brooklyn, New York, was rushed to the hospital 3 times and denied a test each time. She later died after being on life support for about a month.



Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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