The group of super star musicians coming together for a good cause has seen a rebirth in recent memory. I saw a video of Canadians coming together recently for Haiti and it got me thinking about the history of this strange musical phenomenon. I only saw the Young Artists for Haiti because I liked the official Coca-Cola theme song for the World Cup (“Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan).
Look at what the Canadians can do. Who knew they had so many talented artists? (Bieber, Drake, Avril Lavigne, Nelly Furtado)
The Americans elected to redo “We Are the World” in honor of Michael Jackson (who conceived of the original project) and Haiti. It’s pretty good, except for the rap part and the inclusion of some randos.
Italy also launched its own project recently. They hoped to honor and raise money for the victims of the horrible earthquake here. The result is “Domani” which you can appreciate even if you don’t speak a word of Italian.
Dislike cancer? Yeah, I thought so. I found this group singing effort pretty moving. All against cancer. It’s called “Just Stand Up.”
A spanish version of the original was released. It’s called “Hermanos” or brothers.
Heavy metal sought some recognizion by releasing their version of the song called “We’re Stars.”
Finally, the original. A number one hit when it was released. A great song. The money the song raised went to those that suffered from hunger in Africa.