Irish singer Bob Geldof leads Live8

Synchronised finger clicks were used to represent the death of a child every three seconds, due to poverty.

Today is the 6th anniversary of Live8 when the world’s biggest music stars gave their time and performed in concerts in cities around the world. Cities included London, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome, Toronto, and Moscow.

The concerts were held to put pressure on world leaders, and to ’Make Poverty History’.

More than 1,000 musicians were involved and the concerts were shown by 182 TV networks. Performers included Destiny’s Child, Jay Z, Bon Jovi, U2, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Sir Elton John, Sting, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, the Pet Shop Boys, Green day, The Who, Pink Floyd, and many, many more.

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General Kofi Annan said: “The whole world has come together in solidarity with the poor. On behalf of the poor, the voiceless and the weak I say thank you.”

The purpose of the Live8 concerts was to draw the attention of the G8 leaders meeting to discuss global poverty in Scotland on 6-8 July.

Actor Will Smith said: “More than 200 hundred years ago, just down the block, America declared its independence.

“Today we all gather here to declare our interdependence. Today we hold this truth to be self-evident; We are all in this together.”

The concert’s finale was Paul McCartney and all the other performers singing ‘Hey Jude’.

The G8 summit agreed to a $50billion aid programme for the developing countries. The G8 nations also agreed to cancel the debts of 18 poorest countries. Africa wanted all African debts to be cancelled.

Bob Geldof claimed the Live8 concerts and for the “Make Poverty History” campaign were a success.

Will Smith’s Make Poverty History

Written by Maggie Moore

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