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04 août 2005

Africa Calling 2

Eden's hopes for Africa Calling 2

The spectacular biomes of Cornwall's Eden Project may ring to the sounds of African music again in 2006. The attraction has confirmed that talks are taking place about hosting Africa Calling 2 next year.

More than 4,000 people attended the Africa Calling concert in July as part of Make Poverty History's Live 8. Artists on this year's bill included Angelique Kidjo, Coco Mbassi and Youssou N'Dour who performed a duet with Dido.

"There's a real desire to make it happen" Bryher Scudamore, Eden Project.

Bryher Scudamore, Eden's director of communications, told BBC News its success had prompted the idea of another. She said: "It was a fantastic thing and there was a massive response afterwards.
"I can confirm talks have started and there's a real desire to make it happen. It's very early days though and nothing is set in stone."

Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour said Africa Calling was the most important concert of Live 8. It was compered by Peter Gabriel, the co-founder of World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD), and set up after criticism over the lack of black artists at the Live 8 show. More than 35,000 people applied for the 4,200 tickets available for the Eden show.

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