Former UB40 singer Ali Campbell has re-visited one of the group's
biggest cover singles to raise money for Africa. Campbell has joined
forces with Ladysmith Black Mambazo to sing Jimmy Cliff's 'Many Rivers
To Cross' in aid of Goal 4 Africa.
The rousing track begins with an choral introduction in Mbube (South
African vocal music) by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Soon enough, they are
joined by Campbell's distinctive vocals singing the English words,
complimented by the backdrop of the group's gentle harmonies.
The Goal4Africa Global Foundation was launched earlier this year to
raise funds for educational and development programmes and promotes
the development of football throughout the African continent. The
campaign aims to raise £45 million in the run-up to the football World
Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Campbell, who left UB40 earlier this year, was asked to take record
the official anthem for the charity last month. He said: 'It was an
honour to be invited to record the official anthem for the Nelson
Mandela Foundation, for the Goal 4 Africa campaign and fantastic to be
performing with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
The campaign is a brilliant idea, in that it uses football as a
vehicle to raise awareness and funds, to build schools and improve
education generally for the children in Africa - football teams all
over the world will be taking part and donating money, each time a
goal is scored.'
Further information on the single and Goal4Africa can be found at
www.alicampbell.net and www.goal4africa.com.