Monday 21st August 2017,
Soweto Gospel Fans

8 Goals for Africa

Below is the UNDP’s music video for its’ 8 Goals for Africa song campaign.  The Soweto Gospel Choir is featured with many of the continent’s well known artists.

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Helen Clark, the chair of the UN Development Group which brings together all UN agencies working in development, today launched 8 Goals for Africa, a campaign song by eight of Africas best known musicians, calling for commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – a set of eight internationally-agreed goals designed to reduce poverty, hunger, disease, and maternal and child deaths by 2015.

8 Goals for Africa features Yvonne Chaka Chaka from South Africa, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo from Benin, Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Eric Wainaina from Kenya, Baaba Maal from Senegal, and the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa. World renowned jazz musicians Hugh Masekela and Jimmy Dludlu from South Africa are instrumentalists on the track, produced by Arthur Baker from the United States of America.

There can be no spectators in the fight against poverty, said Helen Clark at the launch. Everyone has a role to play in scoring the 8 Millennium Development Goals, which if reached would improve the quality of life for many hundreds of millions of people across developing countries.

8 Goals for Africa is also recorded as a music video, which will be screened throughout the World Cup, across all the fan parks and public viewing areas in South Africa.

Music composer Jimmy Dludlu added: I was inspired by this initiative. We want to help promote the Millennium Development Goals and I am optimistic that the song will convey a message of peace, hope and promise of a better future, said Dludlu, who attended the launch along with Masekela and Chaka Chaka.

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About The Author

From the Great White North of Canada, Elaine is the owner and maintainer of SGF. Besides being a big-time Soweto Gospel Choir fan, she is passionate about world travel, technology, all sports and above all the great mangosteen fruit. Oh, and she can't sing to save her life...one love! :)

5 Comments

  1. African Mango April 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I love this music. I grew up in Chiawelo.

  2. Paul Roberts April 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    The song was indeed perfect to boost the Worldcup last year. Everyone was just so passionate with game. It was truly a memorable event to the entire world.

  3. Dinah CHua April 12, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Millennium Development Goals ?well amazed me so much..because you are really fighting against poverty.you are so great..well..many would be happy on what you are doing keep it up!

  4. Greg April 13, 2011 at 4:50 am

    two thumbs up nice composition and great singers, i liked it .. ill share it to my wife =)

  5. Chaser Cruz May 24, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I admire the composition it gives hope to African people to survive all the issues and give the children a brighter future up to its next generation. It was sang with good interpretation.

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