Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and reggae great Jimmy Cliff launched a plan today (Sept. 12) to unite the world in song -- at least for one day. The musicians want radio stations around the world t
Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and reggae great Jimmy Cliff launched a plan today (Sept. 12) to unite the world in song -- at least for one day. The musicians want radio stations around the world to play the song "Peace One Day" on Sept. 21, the United Nations-designated International Day of Peace.
Stewart said the song will be available free to radio stations and on the Internet via the peaceoneday.org site. "The idea was to make a song that on Sept. 21 we'll get as many stations around the world to play and DJs to talk about what it's all about," said Stewart, who said he began work on the track after last year's Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"We're not really making a single that we're trying to get in the charts," he added. "It's an idea to uplift people." Stewart is working with Cliff on a new studio album, which may feature contributions from former Clash principal Joe Strummer.
The international peace day is the project of filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, who lobbied the United Nations to recognize it. Last year, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling on people to mark Sept. 21 as a day of cease-fires and nonviolence.
Gilley said the timing of the day, as world leaders contemplate military action against Iraq, "is very profound and shows why every single head of state in the world voted for the first nonviolence day."
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