'Africa Calling' to be held in Cornwall, England.

Organizers of the Live 8 concerts to raise awareness of poverty in Africa announced on Wednesday plans for a separate concert featuring African artists.

The event, called Africa Calling, will be held in Cornwall, southwest England, on July 2 — the same days as larger concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Philadelphia.

Live 8 organizers had come in for criticism from some in the British music industry for an apparent lack of African artists at the main London event, for which more than 130,000 tickets will be released.

Damon Albarn, lead singer of Britpop group Blur, said the bill, featuring Madonna,Elton John and Paul McCartney was "so damn Anglo-Saxon."

But organizers said the point of the concerts was to feature high-profile artists who would attract attention around the world.

Musician Peter Gabriel, who is helping to organize the Africa Calling concert said it would give African musicians an opportunity to be heard.

"We have a chance to redress the balance. Africa Calling will be about voices of Africa undiluted," Gabriel said.

Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour will host the event, which will also feature performances by African performers Maryam Mursal, Salif Keita and Thomas Mapfumo.


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