[Dateline: New York | Author: DPI/Outreach Division]
On the occasion of the Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a concert and cultural event will be held in the General Assembly Hall on Wednesday, 25 March 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
The concert is hosted by the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information (DPI) and produced by Culture Project, a not-for-profit organization. Legendary music producer, Nile Rodgers, will be the concert’s music director.
For the first time at the United Nations, the concert will bring together international artists and performers, including: Akon and Peter Buffet; Mezzo-Soprano Audrey Babcock; Blind Boys of Alabama; Soprano Angela Brown; Izaline Calister; Drummers and dancers from Cameroon; Gabri Christa Troupe Dance; Gilberto Gil; Impact Theater Group; Bill T Jones; Violinist Daisy Jopling; Salif Keita and his Band; Carl Lewis; Baritone Lester Lynch; Ky-Mani Marley; Emeline Michele; Lenelle Moises; Pianist Djordje Nesic; Tenor Noah Stewart; Phylicia Rashad; Sarah Jones; Liev Schreiber; Stacyann Chin; Stew; Toumani Diabate; and Whoopi Goldberg. Actress CCH Pounder will be the MC for the programme.
One of the evening’s highlights will be the public debut of an issue-inspired song, “Blood into Gold,” by Emmy-award winning musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett, and R&B/pop star Akon (Senegal/USA).
Organized around the theme “Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum”, the concert is being held as part of a series of events to mark this year’s remembrance of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade at the United Nations. These commemorative events are organized in accordance with General Assembly resolution 62/122 (A/RES/62/122), which requests the United Nations to establish an educational outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions and civil society, among others, on the subject of remembering the transatlantic slave trade and slavery. The programme is aimed at instilling in future generations the causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice.
The doors to the General Assembly Hall will open at 6:45 p.m. Guests are expected to be seated by 7:15 p.m.