Africa Calling, World Music Artists in Support of Live 8

Africa_CallingCornwall, UK – The Eden Project is staging a major world music concert in Cornwall (UK) on the 2nd of July under the banner of Africa Calling. It is one of the most important events to hit the UK this year. It will take place at the Eden Project throughout Saturday 2 July as part of the worldwide Live 8 celebrations.

Featuring superstars of the world music scene, the festival, along with the other Live 8 concerts, will raise awareness of the issues surrounding the upcoming G8 summit while introducing some of the world’s most talented musicians to an audience at an spectacular venue.Africa Calling will be programmed and hosted in association with WOMAD and its co-founder, Peter Gabriel, who has championed World Music for the past 25 years; together with Johnny Kalsi, of the Dhol Foundation.

The concerts will be held on the stage in the Eden arena with the world’s biggest greenhouses providing a spectacular backdrop in the crater. This outstanding
line-up will bring the spectacular Eden site alive with unbeatable African party

The artists scheduled to perform are:

Youssou N’Dour, Ayub Ogada, Tinariwen, Daara J, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, Mariza (who was born in Africa), Angelique Kidjo, Akim El Sikameya, Johnny Kalsi, Chartwell Dutiro, Geoffrey Oryema, Maryam Mursal, Rokia Traore, Shikisha, Siyaya, Emmanuel Jal, Frititi, Coco M’Basi, and Modou Diouf.

Managing Director Gaynor Coley said: ‘We are all excited at the prospect of our Eden here in Cornwall being the stage for the Live8 Africa Calling concert and the crew here is gearing up fast to deliver the biggest little concert in the history of the Westcountry.’

Building the stage and organizing the logistics of bringing artists from all corners of Africa in this timescale is a big logistical and financial challenge and one that we know many of our friends and partners would be only too willing to help with.’

‘If you or your company would like to be a direct part of this effort for Africa and feel you can contribute in the next seven days as we gear up – with time, resources or cash – please pick up the phone and call on + 34 (01726) 811972, we would love to hear from you.’

Click if you want to donate to the cost of staging this ground-breaking event.

Live 8 will be celebrated July 6th, coinciding with the G8 summit in Scotland. The G8 meetings bring together 8 world leaders. They will be presented with a workable plan to double aid, drop the debt and make the trade laws fair. The intention is that these 8 men agree, in order to become the generation that made poverty history.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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