USA for Africa


USA for Africa

USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa), was the name under which forty-five predominantly U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single "We Are the World" in 1985. The song was a US and UK Number One for the collective in April of that year.

The considerable profits from the enterprise went to the USA for Africa Foundation, which used them for the relief of famine and disease in Africa and specifically to 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia; critics, however, claim that this money went directly to the (often military) governments of the affected countries rather than the people.

A recording of the live performance was released with the Live Aid DVD set released on November 8, 2004.

Performers

*Dan Aykroyd (The only Canadian, and one of two non-American performers)
*Harry Belafonte
*Lindsey Buckingham
*Kim Carnes
*Ray Charles
*Bob Dylan
*Sheila E.
*Bob Geldof (The only Irishman, and one of two non-American performers)
*Hall & Oates
*James Ingram
*Jermaine Jackson
*Jackie Jackson
*LaToya Jackson
*Marlon Jackson
*Michael Jackson
*Randy Jackson
*Tito Jackson
*Al Jarreau
*Waylon Jennings
*Billy Joel
*Cyndi Lauper
*Huey Lewis and the News
*Kenny Loggins
*Bette Midler
*Willie Nelson
*Jeffrey Osborne
*David Paich
*Steve Perry
*The Pointer Sisters
*Steve Porcaro
*Kenny Rogers
*Diana Ross
*Lionel Richie
*Smokey Robinson
*Paul Simon
*Bruce Springsteen
*Tina Turner
*Dionne Warwick
*Stevie Wonder

See also

*Band Aid
*Charity record
*Charity supergroup
*Come Together Now
*Comic Relief
*Children in Need
*ChildLine
*Hear 'n Aid
*Live 8
*Live Aid
*Northern Lights
*Sport Aid
*Sport Relief

External links

* [http://www.usaforafrica.org USA for Africa official site]


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