Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour and Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo were among a galaxy of African talent brought together for a virtual concert to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 100 artists and celebrities from across the continent and the diaspora took part in the WAN Show broadcast online by the Worldwide Afro Network and carried by 200 African channels on Monday to mark Africa Day.
“After COVID-19, Africa will be great, Africa will be strong. Together we are unbeatable,” Malian kora star and hip-hop artist Sidiki Diabate said at the launch of the virtual concert.
The event was modelled after the “One World: Together At Home” concert in April that brought together Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones playing from their homes.
Malian Afro-pop star Salif Keita, Congolese singer Fally Ipupa, Nigeria’s Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Senegalese rapper Awadi, Ivory Coast’s Magic System and Beninese singer Zeynab were among the stars performing from their living rooms, studio or garden, ending their songs with the line: “Together as one.”
The highlight of the evening was a remote duet between “Seven Seconds” star N’Dour and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who sang “A Sky Full of Stars.”
“I never thought in a million years I’d see Youssou sing on a Coldplay track,” viewer Awacham tweeted. “I am optimistic, culture is at the beginning and at the end of everything,” said N’Dour, sponsor of the evening, which aimed “first to raise awareness of the fight against the pandemic, but also to say that in many areas nothing will ever be the same again”.
Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown, Guadeloupean band Kassav’ and Jamaica’s The Wailers Band, formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley’s group, were among other stars taking part.