Saturday, 8 November 2014

Some songs to talk about world hunger and poverty

October was World Hunger Action Month!

May, 28 2015 will be World Hunger Day

Many artists in the world composed songs about world hunger and poverty to help raise awareness about theese issues.


Band Aid was a charity supergroup  featuring mainly American, British, and Irish musicians and recording artists.  It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the Christmas market that year.

Band Aid - Do they know it's Christmas?

USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) was the name under which 44 predominantly U.S. artists, led byMichael Jackson and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single "We Are the World" in 1985. The song was a U.S. and UK number one for the collective in April of that year. This super group was inspired by Bob Geldof's Band Aid.

Usa for Africa - We are the world

"Heal the World" is a song from Michael Jackson's hit album, Dangerous, released in 1991.

The video shows poor children living in Africa.

Michael Jackson - Heal the world

"Imagine" is a song written and performed by John Lennon in 1971. 

He asks us to imagine a world at peace 
without borders, hunger and wars. 
Is he a dreamer?

John Lennon - Imagine

"Another Day in Paradise" is a song performed by  
Phil Collins, 
released in 1989. It is about  the problem of hunger and homelessness. 
When someone asks for our help in the street, 

do we pretend not to hear?

Phil Collins - Another day in paradise

Village Ghettoland is a song by Stevie Wonder 
about poverty and marginalization, released in 1976. 

Stevie Wonder - Village Ghettoland


Answer the following questions:

Which song do you prefer? Why? 
Which words have affected you the most?
Do you know any modern song about poverty or world hunger?


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