Pretoria – On 14 May, Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, launched 8 Goals for Africa, a song by eight famous African musicians, calling for commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. These are a set of eight internationally-agreed goals to reduce poverty, hunger, disease and maternal and child deaths and promote gender equality, universal education and a sustainable environment as well as a global partnership to achieve these aims by 2015.
8 Goals for Africa features UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador 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, Mingas for Mozambique, and the Soweto Gospel Choir and HHP from South Africa. World renowned jazz musician Hugh Masekela and Jimmy Dludlu from South Africa are instrumentalists on the track, produced by Arthur Baker from the United States of America. 8 Goals for Africa was composed by Jimmy Dludlu and the lyrics were written by Eric Wainaina, and are copyrighted to the United Nations.
8 Goals for Africa is also recorded as a music video, which is screened throughout the World Cup, across all the fan parks and public viewing areas in South Africa.
Throughout the World Cup, the track is now available as a free download on iTunes. The track went live for free on 11 June and it will continue to be given away until 12 July. The song is available in the following 22 iTunes online stores: US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden.
8 Goals for Africa and all related materials, including the music video, ring tone, logo and wallpaper, are also available for free download at www.8goalsforafrica.org. The music video of the song is available on YouTube and on Vimeo.com. Broadcast quality of both the song and video is available at: www.undp.org/broadcast
The song was produced as a non-profit awareness project. Educators, community leaders, radio stations and communication workers are encouraged to download and use the song.
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For more information on the Millennium Development Goals visit: www.un.org/millenniumgoals/