The world of music joined forces this Saturday to underline the imperative need to end hunger and defend the planet with Global Citizen, a colossal 24-hour streaming event in which more than 70 artists participated in 15 different cities, headed for the New York concert, where Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Jennifer López and Paul Simon, among others, sang before 60,000 people.
A concert that tried to stir consciences as did the Live Aid concerts of the late last century in which Queen, Michael Jackson, Bowie, George Michael, Sting and Bruce Springsteen, among others, came together to fight against world hunger and raised millions with songs like Do They Know It’s Christmas? and We are the World.
It was one of the first concerts of this magnitude to be held in the city of skyscrapers after the start of the pandemic, and the lack of practice was noticed, with a good number of failures in the sound system throughout almost the entire Big Apple event.
The worst victim was veteran Cindy Lauper, who was barely heard over the instruments in the two songs she performed, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “True Colors,” which she dedicated to the women and girls of Afghanistan. .
“We keep you in mind and we will continue to do what we can to let it be known what you are going through,” Lauper said on stage.
Although much of the public had come to Central Park to see their favorite artists, Prince Harry of England and Meghan Markle also raised passions with their mere presence on stage, where they stayed for more than five minutes to demand equality in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines.
“Although in this country and some others you can go almost anywhere to get vaccinated, billions of people cannot do that,” Markle said before the tens of thousands of people present in the mythical New York park.
“This year it is expected that enough doses will be produced in the world to vaccinate 70% of the population in each of the countries, but it is wrong so many vaccines have only gone to 10 rich countries and not the rest of the world “he added.
The British band Coldplay, one of the highlights, made a clear effort to unify the world by taking various artists on stage with them, including Zambian singer Esther Chungu, who sang “Jehovah.”
They also performed the new single on which they collaborate with the popular South Korean group BTS, “My Universe”, in addition to some of their classics, such as “Yellow” and “Clocks”, the latter with the celebrated Chinese pianist Lang Lang a the keys.
Billie Eilish, delighted the youngest with hits from her first album like “” Bad Guy “, or” My Future “, from her recent album” Happier Than Ever “.
One of the couples of the moment, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, also provoked shouts of excitement among the audience by performing together “Señorita”, while Jennifer López delighted her native New York with “Jenny From the Block”, “My Love Don ‘t Cost a Thing “and” If You Had My Love “.
“I don’t know why, lately I think a lot about love,” López said with a laugh, clearly referring to the relationship that began recently with Ben Affleck, with whom she had already been for two years at the beginning of the century.
The final surprise was given by Paul Simon, a former member of the mythical duo Simon & Garfunkel, who took the stage after Coldplay to remove his thorn after not being able to participate in the previous mega-concert in Central Park a month ago, after being canceled for a intense storm.
Simon sang two of his biggest hits with Art Garfunkel, “The Boxer” and “The Sound of Silence.”
In addition to the one in New York, concerts were held in Paris, Los Angeles, London, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Bombay, Seoul, Las Vegas, Joahnnesburgo, Madrid and Buenos Aires, among others, with performances by Kylie Minigue, Elton John , Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran, or Femi Kuti.
With the solidarity megaconcert, held within the framework of the UN General Assembly, the richest nations in the world were required to fulfill their promise to donate 100,000 million euros per year before COP 26, to be held in the United Kingdom in November. dollars to find a solution to climate change.
In addition, the G7 countries (the most developed) and the world’s wealthiest citizens were urged to contribute $ 6 billion to feed 41 million people at extreme risk of famine, and to distribute at least 1,000 million vaccines to countries that need it.