Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling

Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling


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Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling

On July 2, 2005, when much of the rest of the world was watching U2 preach on bombastically, or the Black Eyed Peas or Dave Matthews Band or Paul McCartney put on an extravagant performance, 5000 people in the south of England were watching some of the most talented African musicians -- those whose lives were more intimately involved in the problems Bob Geldof was trying to fix -- present their cultures and their ideas and their abilities. Yes, the other Live 8 concerts in major cities around the world focused on the plight of Africa, but there was, strangely, a noticeable dearth of African artists, a fact that was finally noticed and so at the last minute a show was arranged in Cornwall, England at the Eden Project, a kind of biome park, featuring some of the biggest of the continent's stars, including Youssou N'Dour, who also performed in London, and who bookends the album Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling. It is especially the closer, "New Africa," that echoes the message that the artists were trying to convey: that Africa has myriad cultures and musical traditions to share, that they are more than just victims, that they are artists. Zimbabweans Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited supply the lilting "Kuvaria Mukati," while Sudanese Emmanuel Jal raps over live funk instrumentation on "Gua." Angélique Kidjo, another big name on the world scene, adds her mix of soul and Beninese music on "Agolo," but it is, perhaps, the Mozambique-born Portugal-raised Mariza, whose fado, "Barco Negro," is the most affecting of all the pieces, the singer's voice emotional and vulnerable yet very, very sure at the same time. The sound quality of Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling is pristine, capturing the live energy of the concert, and is an excellent document for those not fortunate enough to be there that this was a very good -- and very pertinent -- show.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2006
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0094636280424
catalogNumber: 362804

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Technical Credits

Thomas Mapfumo   Composer
Geoffrey Oryema   Composer
Chartwell Dutiro   Composer
Habib Faye   Composer
Jean Hébrail   Composer
Angélique Kidjo   Composer
Youssou N'Dour   Composer
Ayub Ogada   Composer
Stuart Bruce   Engineer
Ben Findlay   Arranger,Engineer
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Will Shapland   Engineer
Maryam Mursal   Composer
York Tillyer   Cover Photo
Sisko   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Coco Mbassi   Composer
Akim El Sikameya   Composer
Emmanuel Jal   Composer
Modou Diouf   Composer

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