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16 juin 2005

Revealed (at last): Live8's African artists

By Cahal Milmo

16 June 2005

The rock star Peter Gabriel backed critics of the lack of African artists in next month's Live8 concert yesterday as he unveiled details of a separate show featuring performers from the continent.

The Africa Calling concert - held at the Eden Project in Cornwall to coincide with the other Live8 events on 2 July - will provide a global stage for more than a dozen leading African musicians, with television pictures being transmitted around the world.
The decision to use the Eden Project, the environmental visitor attraction situated under a series of "bio-domes" in a disused quarry, was made after Gabriel and Ure were approached by its founder, Tim Smit.

The performers

  • Youssou N'Dour (Senegal)

  • Angélique Kidjo (Benin)

  • Maryam Mursal (Somalia)

  • Salif Keita (Mali)

  • Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited (Zimbabwe)

  • Tinariwen (Touareg group based in Mali)

  • Daara J (hip-hop group from Senegal)

  • Akim El Sikameya (Algeria)

  • Shikisha (South Africa)

  • Ayub Ogada (Kenya)

  • Modou Diouf and O Fogum (Senegal)

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