What can I say about this video???
It's 50min,55sec long, and I've just watched it twice in a row (and been brought to tears both times).
It's about ecology, but its message serves pretty well for Peace: "One World, One Voice... If we don't do something together soon, it will be too late"
In the 19 years since this music was made, things have only got worse...

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Comment by on May 31, 2009 at 6:00pm
I agree :)
Comment by peacenut on May 31, 2009 at 5:50pm
Yes, that was Geldof singing "everybody's got a (w)hole to fill."
Professional musicians taking part (according to wikipedia):
Afrika Bambaataa, Laurie Anderson, A Velha Guarda Da Portela, Bagamoya Players, Cedric, The Chieftains, Clannad, Johnny Clegg & Savuka, Cy Curnin, Terence Trent D'Arby, Dred, Marc Ducret, Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldof, Dave Gilmour, Egberto Gismonti, Kevin Godley, Eddie Grant, The Great Muungano Cultural Troupe, Richard Galliano, The Gipsy Kings, Rupert Hine, Chrissie Hynde, Howard Jones, Salif Keita, The Kodo Drummers, Helen Labarriere, Leningrad Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Alexander Dimitriev, Orchestration Simon Jeffes), Ray Lema, Roger Ludvigsen, Maria McKee, Milton Nascimento, Native Land & Themba, New Frontier, New voices of freedom, Nu Sounds, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Remmy Ongala & The Super Matimala Orchestra, Geoffrey Oryema, Hermeto Pascoal, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Mari Boine Persen, Courtney Pine, Hossam Ramzy, Enrico Rava, Lou Reed, Robbie Robertson, Michael Rose & Junior, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Clara Sandroni, Shakespear's Sister, Steve Stevens, Dave Stewart and The Spiritual Cowboys, Sting, Joe Strummer, Steven Van Zandt, Suzanne Vega, Venice, Christopher Warren-Green, Adam Woods and Guo Yue.

But that doesn't include the anonymous people in the street who sang their two words each into a mike. (And looked so HAPPY to be part of this project. The mother who looks at her child as she sings "One Blood", the old man with the wispy beard who makes a face after singing "One World" as if to say: "You don't REALLY want my poor contribution, do you?!" Yes, Mate, we DO!... And I love you for it!) One of MY highlights in this video... along with (as Jimmy pointed out) Joe Strummer's laughing daughters.

If children's laughter isn't music, I don't know WHAT is!!!
Comment by on May 31, 2009 at 2:13pm
That was great, did I see a young Bob Geldof near to the end?

Who cares if it's not perfectly balanced gender wise, the intention was good, and they have pulled it off. Thanks for posting it xxx
Comment by jimmsfairytales0com on May 29, 2009 at 2:23am
I have recently criticised - both on this site and on YouTube - a video, "Playing for Change Band: War/No More Trouble", for being sexist (several soloist singers featured, and yet NONE of them a woman, very few women instrumentalists, compared to the men... and yet they sing of wanting an end to discrimination, and end to inequality!) and elitist (Bono is the lead singer for almost 1/3 of the time).

This video HERE - while not perfect in either of these aspects - is a FAR sight better in both. It features a much wider variety of musical styles and cultures (too much weighted toward Western stars, but still, not TOO bad). And most of the stars seem to have approached the project with humility. My favourite example: Joe Strummer (of The Clash) was in the studio for hours (I remember seeing him in the documentary that was aired the night before this music part) and obviously cared deeply about the project. But in the final cut (of the music) what do we see of him? Watch carefully about 17min into the video: Joe Strummer wags his finger in his mouth and ululates. The camera then pans to his two very young daughters (both wearing musicians' studio headphones) who burst out laughing. One of the 2 highlights of the whole video, in my opinion, those laughing girls (and we're talking about a video that is really non-stop highlight). Then, at about minute 38, we catch Mr. Strummer once again, on camera for about 1 second, playing the guitar.
The other of my highlights (you must realise this is my personal opinion) starts at 40:27... Laurie Anderson's quiet talk about the whale.
Something like this should be done for Peace!

‎"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?"
~Martin Luther King, Jr.



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