SWITZERLAND, APRIL 20 – Nigerian music star, Burna Boy joined as all star cast on the One World Virtual Concert, held on Saturday, April 2020. The event was aimed at celebrating and supporting healthcare workers. It featured real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world.
Global Citizen, organisers of the eight-hour One World: Together at Home livestreamed benefit concert, have announced that the show raised $127m for coronavirus relief efforts.
The livestreamed event featured a thrilling lineup of artists curated by Lady Gaga, including Burna Boy who is one of the African artists on the lineup, and other stars like:
1. Alanis Morissette
2. Andrea Bocelli
3. Billie Eilish
4. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
5. Chris Martin
6. David Beckham
7. Eddie Vedder
8. Elton John
10. Idris and Sabrina Elba
11. J Balvin
12. John Legend
13. Kacey Musgraves
14. Keith Urban
15. Kerry Washington
16. Lang Lang, Lizzo
18. Paul McCartney
19. Priyanka Chopra Jonas
20. Shah Rukh Khan, and,
21. Stevie Wonder amongst others.
The concert, co-organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Lady Gaga, featured intimate performances from global music stars at home as they self-isolated during the coronavirus crisis, including the Rolling Stones and Billie Eilish. Songs were interspersed with messages from actors such as Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as other figures including Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
While the two-hour television broadcast portion – also screened by the BBC in the UK with additional performances from Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and more – was framed as a gift to essential workers, the preceding six hours invited donations, with the bulk of the cash coming from corporate sponsors.
The WHO’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund will get $55.1m, while $72.8m will go to charities such as food banks and housing providers. The WHO fund is used to allocate tests and treatment, and to support development of a vaccine.
The special event was hosted by Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’ Jimmy Kimmel of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’.