U.S.A for Africa
U.S.A for Africawas the name that forty five musicians used when they recorded the hit single, We Are the World., in 1985. The song was a number one hit in the U. S. And in the U. K., in April of that year. The artists were predominantly U. S. Musicians and the song was led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie. The recording was a live performance and it was released with the Live Aid DVD set which was released on November 8, 2004. The proceeds of the single were to go to the USA for Africa Foundation and was going to be used for the relief of the famine and disease in Africa. Some critics claimed that the money went to the government of the affected countries instead of to the people so they felt that it was all a waste of effort. Some of the countries affected were governed by a military type of rule and often times this means that any money donated to the government would not go to the people at all. It is not known if the people got any benefit from the donation of this project.
The U. S. A. For Africa was a very heartwarming project and it affected many people around the world when they heard about it. There are many artists who are involved in different foundations which help such projects in order to stop poverty and help in disasters. However, to much of the time the money donated does not go where it is most needed. Many times the organization only uses a small percentage of the donations for the designated purpose and the rest goes into someone’s pocket. There is so much scamming going on that some people are afraid to donate anything because they fear it will not go where it needs to go to help those in need. Investigations have proved this time and again and some of the organizations that have been investigated were very well known non-profit organizations. One has to be very careful and do your due diligence before donating your money.
The artists who were involved in the U. S. A. For Africa were, Dan Aykroyd, (Dan was the only Canadian and one of only 2 non Americans to participate in this project), Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Bob Dylan, Sheila E., Bob Geldof ( the only Irishman involved in the project), Bill Gibson, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Sean Hopper, James Ingram, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Al Jarreau, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Jeffery 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, and Stevie Wonder.
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