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In the Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2


On April 1, 2008, Shout! Factory will release "In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2," an album celebrating the music, culture and future of Africa, and an unprecedented musical homage to Bono and U2 for their ongoing humanitarian relief efforts aiding the beloved continent. A portion of the record’s proceeds will directly benefit The Global Fund.

Produced by Shawn Amos and Paul Heck, this special release will features some of U2's most classic tunes covered by celebrated African artists including Angelique Kidjo ("Mysterious Ways"), Les Nubians ("With Or Without You"), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars ("Seconds"), Vieux Farka Touré ("Bullet The Blue Sky"), Vusi Mahlasela ("Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own") and the Soweto Gospel Choir ("In The Name Of Love"). This album is another good example of how music can connect people and create a shared experience no matter where or who we are and what we believe in. It is a powerful thing.

Initially inspired by his work in South Africa while running the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, Amos was impressed by Bono's charity work for the RED Campaign and its immediate impact in the region. He started working on this special collection of covers to find another unique way to boost awareness about Africa's fight against the global AIDS crisis, extreme poverty and the spread of malaria.

"Paul and I wanted to develop an easy entry point for the growing global community where they could get more involved and learn something deeper about Africa," says Amos in a press release. "It’s really a focus on the key successes of several regions, and the African artists who originate from these areas. It’s our goal for the public to learn more about all the good that’s happening in Africa.  We are trying to garner excitement about the culture, in addition to drawing people toward the struggles of Darfur, etc. This is a project which celebrates Africa!"

Listen to some of the songs here or on the Shout! Factory web site. Most striking track I find Soweto Gospel Choir's a cappella rendition of "In The Name Of Love." It's epic.

March 19, 2008 in Global Beats | Permalink


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