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Guys i'm a little disapointed with Bob Guldolf after hearing Emanuel Jals interview with NPR's Terry Gross. Emanuel is a former child soldier from sudan who is now an upcoming African singer. During his 1hr interview with Teryy Gross gross asked him towards the end of the interview why he, being one of the few singers invited to Live8 didn't perform on the mainstage. To this Emanuel answered that he had Asked Bob Geldof the sam question to which Geldof replied "because you haven't sold 4million records....only those artist who have sold 4 million record will perform on mainstage" Bob also continued and told Emanuel that if he were to perform on mainstage "people whould have no interest and turn off there TV". Emanuel went on to tell Terry that he found out there were preformers who hadn't sold 4 million albums that did infact perform on mainstage and that to not allow an upcoming AFRICAN artist perform was well...he ended by saying that he no longer respects Bob Geldof....

Honestly guys I was In shock when I heard this and i am sure all of Nationl Public Radio listeners as well. What Geldof did was very cold and it makes me question his genuineness. It makes you think he is more in it for the Publicity that the passion for the cause.

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Sorry you seem to be right about that...we discussed this a lot in the forum back when Live8 was on. I really enjoyed the Africa Calling segment but they (he, Emanual Jal, meant the 2 stages of Africa Calling, I think not the other venues)..there was a main stage with African artists like Yousef N'dour and Kanda Bongo Man, who are abit more famous, and then a smaller garden-style stage for newer artists like Emanual Jal. Although Africa Calling was generally under the wing of WOMAD and Peter Gabriel, the Live8's were done with Sir Bob's guidance and unfortunately he felt African artists would scare away the audiences or something. But I still don't fault Sir Bob for the overall idea of Live8 and I still think he's an OK guy.

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You can't get people to be interested in an event if big people aren't there. Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay...big names in music. I've never of heard of this guy before. It's not that Bob's cold. He's in showbusiness as well as humanitarianism, and he drew the line with Live 8.

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I'm a NPR listener who thinks BGs decision was the proper one.

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Guys i'm a little disapointed with Bob Guldolf after hearing Emanuel Jals interview with NPR's Terry Gross. Emanuel is a former child soldier from sudan who is now an upcoming African singer. During his 1hr interview with Teryy Gross gross asked him towards the end of the interview why he, being one of the few singers invited to Live8 didn't perform on the mainstage. To this Emanuel answered that he had Asked Bob Geldof the sam question to which Geldof replied "because you haven't sold 4million records....only those artist who have sold 4 million record will perform on mainstage" Bob also continued and told Emanuel that if he were to perform on mainstage "people whould have no interest and turn off there TV". Emanuel went on to tell Terry that he found out there were preformers who hadn't sold 4 million albums that did infact perform on mainstage and that to not allow an upcoming AFRICAN artist perform was well...he ended by saying that he no longer respects Bob Geldof.... Honestly guys I was In shock when I heard this and i am sure all of Nationl Public Radio listeners as well. What Geldof did was very cold and it makes me question his genuineness. It makes you think he is more in it for the Publicity that the passion for the cause.


This all came up before at the time of Live Aid, when Aswad tried to bully their way onto the bill by playing the Uncle Tom card ("it's black people dying, therefore we should be on") & got very short shift from Bob.


The point about both days was using a free concert as a means of concentrating minds to Africa's plight. How many people were going to watch it if someone virtually unknown took stage, whether they were from Africa or Greenland? Inane tokenism is fine for a student union, but when dealing with an audience of billions, you have to be more pragmatic.


Peter Gabriel & WOMAD went to a lot of trouble to organise a concert (available on DVD) down in Devon specifically featuring artists from Africa on the day for those wishing to go a little "deeper", part of which was televised during the main event. But the rest of the planet only wanted to hear the stars they knew. You can't blame Bob for trying to please those he was wanting to get "on side".



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atleast the african artist had a concert.and it was brilliant from what i saw

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I agree, It seems to have all worked out for the best. Sir Bob has a different perspective; that's what makes life interesting. It all came off rather well. I really enjoyed the Africa Calling segment.

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"Sir Bob has a different perspective; that's what makes life interesting."


 


Amen!



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Yes, I find this a troubling misunderstanding of what the Live8 concerts purpose was - the very purpose of the shows was to get the average first world citizens to take note of the problems and to get them motivated to contact their governments to take action, at the G8 and in general about Africa.


So, following that logic, you could have the greatest musician on earth, but if he wasn't what the general public wanted to see/hear, it would totally defeat the purpose of the show; people would stop watching, stop paying attention.


I'm sure this musician THINKS/THOUGHT he was on the same level as say, a former Beatle, or the Who, or Pink Floyd or U2 or what not, but let's be honest here... he's just not.


Now, in fairness, perhaps in a reaction to the Aswad affair from LiveAid (which Geldof describes in his autobiography), at least, at this show, for those interested, there were African musicians to be seen/heard.  They just weren't the focus of the show - which was, after all, not a fun rock show for the kids to dance to, but rather, a trick, a ruse, bringing the kids in to dance, and while there, making them realize that they need to take action in the world.


It sounds like this musician missed the point of the show, and seemed to think that this was some sort of meaningless pop jam in the park that could be weighed down by performers who people didn't care about. 



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Live 8 At The Eden Project



Africa Calling DVD availableOn Saturday 2 July 2005 ten concerts took place around the world in support of the campaign to Make Poverty History. This film is the record of a unique day in celebration of the music and spirit of Africa.

‘Africa Calling – Live 8 At Eden’ features performances from leading African artists who took part in the concert held at Eden in association with WOMAD as part of the Live 8 celebrations.


The 2-disc DVD, enhanced by stunning DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, contains performances from a line-up of world-class African artists including: Congolese Soukous star Kanda Bongo Man; legendary creator of Chimurenga music Thomas Mapfumo with his group the Blacks Unlimited from Zimbabwe; the charismatic Angelique Kidjo from Benin; award-winning Senegalese rappers Daara J; and Saharan roots rockers Tinariwen, who are currently creating a huge stir on the world music scene and beyond. The DVD also features Dido and Youssou N’Dour’s moving rendition of ‘7 Seconds’ which they performed at the Hyde Park and Paris Live 8 concerts on the same day.


The DVD also features the speech given by Nelson Mandela in full and DVD extra features include the BBC documentary ‘Africa Calling At Eden’ plus exclusive backstage artist interviews conducted by Anna Gabriel.



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Good news, thank you Meekus I look forward to getting the DVD soon, especially with Mandela speech.

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