Bono has been a role model for years, using his celebrity status to bring attention to causes in Africa, from poverty to AIDS via the launch of the ONE campaign and (RED).
And what better way for Africa to show their thanks then to gather the continent’s top artists and pay tribute to Bono with their own interpretations of their favorite U2 songs?
Producers Shawn Amos and Paul Heck (the man behind Red Hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti) have done just that with In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2.
Featuring both Grammy Award-winning artists and up-and-comers, the CD includes Angelique Kidjo, Les Nubians, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Vieux Farka Tour, and Vusi Mahlasela.
Our favorite tracks include Angelique Kidjo’s rendition of "Mysterious Ways," sung in French and Fon and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars' version of "Seconds," with Aerosmith's Joe Perry on lead guitar.
And the best part? A portion of the record's proceeds will benefit The Global Fund, an organization created to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Find out how you can create your own AIDS awareness campaign here.