Angelique Kidjo, Burma Boy, Salif Keita, Africa’s biggest stars raise millions for coronavirus in virtual 2020 Africa Day concert
London, May 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Grammy award winner, Angelique Kidjo, Burma Boy, Youssou N’Dour are among a star-studded line-up of African talent who thrilled millions around the world at a virtual mega concert Monday night on Africa Day to raise awareness of Covid-19 across the continent and build momentum for a collective response.
Broadcast live by the Worldwide Afro Network (Wan) and RFI, the “WAN Show 2.0” brings together more than a hundred musicians from Africa and the diaspora for a two-hour showcase aired live online and on more than 200 television channels across Africa.
Taking place on Africa Day, the concert, addressed by the AU chair, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was the conclusion of a larger event staged live on social networks (via the hashtags #IAmWan and #JeSuisWan) on how to reshape Africa post-crisis – among them, Unesco’s ResiliArt debate and concert on fighting Covid-19.
The 2020 Africa Day Concert was aimed at raising funds to help children and families in Africa who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds raised from the benefit concert campaign will be donated to support food and health needs for those most impacted on the continent.
Senegalese singer-songwriter Youssou N’Dour told French daily Le Monde the event send a message about the need for increased vigilance in stemming the spread of the virus, while also raising awareness of the health, social and economic consequences of the outbreak.
“This pandemic must lead us to reflect, to refocus on real values,” he said. “We must harmonise our actions to fight the pandemic…but also to look at what happens next.”
This event was aimed at raising funds to help children and families in Africa that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds raised from the benefit concert campaign will be donated to support food and health needs for those most impacted on the continent.
Other artists who performed include, Malian Afro-pop artist Salif Keita, Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo, Mali’s “Songbird of Wassoulou” Oumou Sangaré, Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, Nigeria’s Wizkid, Senegal’s Baaba Maal, and singer Jocelyne Beroard from Martinique
Africa Day commemorates the successes of the Organization of Africa Unity (Now African Union) in the fight against colonialism and apartheid as well as the progress Africa has made.