Live 8 Goes African

Published: 2005-06-16
The addition of an extra Live 8 concert featuring mainly African artists has put to rest scathing attacks the events' organizers have sustained in recent weeks for the concerts' lack of performers from that continent. Under the title Africa Calling, a Live 8 concert primarily made up of African musicians will take place July 2nd at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. The show will coincide with the other Live 8 concerts, which will be held simultaneously in London, Philadelphia, Rome, Paris, and Berlin.

"We just felt that Eden could provide a moment where those values of neighbourliness and community could be made real with an intimacy larger venues would find difficult to capture," said Eden Project CEO Tim Smit. The Eden Project, established in 2000 to help mark the millennium, aims to promote understanding and more sustainable management of the relationships between plants, people, and resources.

Artists to appear at the concert include West African vocalist and songwriter Angelique Kidjo, Somalian vocalist Maryam Mursal, Senegalese hip-hop group Daara J, Mali legend Salif Keita, Zimbabwean artists Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited, South Africa's Shikisha, and Mali's Tinariwen . Singer Youssou N'Dour is also scheduled to make an appearance after he concludes his performances earlier in the day at the London and Paris Live 8 concerts.

Writer: Trent McMartin



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