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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
Eden Project African gig revealed
Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N'Dour will play at the London, Paris and Eden Project
Singer Youssou N'Dour will join other African musicians in another Live 8 concert at the Eden Project in Cornwall, it has been confirmed.

Africa Calling will be held on the same day as the main Live 8 shows in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin and Rome.

The concerts are aimed at raising awareness of world poverty and will take place just days before the G8 summit of world leaders at Gleneagles.

N'Dour will perform at the London, Paris and Cornwall concerts on 2 July.

World music

Other African musicians taking part include Angelique Kidjo, Maryam Mursal, Salif Keita and Thomas Mapfumo.

The evening concert will be hosted by Peter Gabriel, who has championed world music for the past 25 years, and is the co-founder of the word music body Womad.

Womad - which stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance - is working closely with the Eden Project and Live 8 to help hold the event.

Tim Smit, the Eden Project's chief executive, said they hoped to create "an authentic voice for Africa that was moving and personal".

He added: "We want people to come along and say 'I was there and I will remember it until the day I die'."

'Special evening'

Smit shrugged off criticisms that it was a token gesture in light of comments there were too few black artists taking part in the main Live 8 London concert.

His thoughts were echoed by Kidjo. She said: "For me, the Eden show is not a token, it's something, and that is better than never.

"This is an opportunity for the media to realise that when it comes to Africa, we need to be a part of it. You couldn't help us without us.

Gabriel said he hoped it would be a "special evening" and give African artists the chance to be heard.

"We have a chance to do more to redress the balance. Africa Calling will be about voices of Africa undiluted," he said.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast from the event as part of the Live 8 coverage.


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