Machel, Rudder at UN Concert

All roads lead to the United Nations on June 6 when an all-star lineup will “urge global citizens to tell world leaders about the world they want in 2015 and beyond.”

The unique concert hosted by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. John W. Ashe will “shine a spotlight on the enormous significance of the year 2015: a once-in-a generation opportunity to set the world on a sustainable course and to take decisive action toward a peaceful and prosperous future for the planet and its inhabitants.”

“In 2015 world leaders will agree on a set development goals to focus and resources on key priority areas, which can really make a difference in the lives of people,” Ashe said.

“The concert will raise awareness and encourage participation in the global dialogue about what these priorities should be.”

Performing artists from the world over will take the stage among them Caribbean talents: zouk band Kassav, David Rudder and soca sensation Machel Montano.

“2015 is going to be a big year for future generation,” Montana said. “And it sets the stage for the next 15 years. And we all have the chance to add our voices and make sure our priorities are heard.”

According to the secretary general a hearty thanks must be extended to “all the artists, musicians, and activists “who are putting their incredible star power to work for the United Nations.”

In addition to the talents from the Caribbean, artists other regions include the band Lalon from Bangladesh who will fuse traditional Bengali music with rock, and former child soldier and rapper Emmanuel Jal from South Sudan.

“Our shared challenge is to formulate a universal agenda – crystallized in an inspiring set of goals — that will steer our world onto a truly sustainable, equitable and peaceful path.”

Co-hosts for the event are “Law & Order” star CCH Pounder and MSNBC’s TJ Holmes.

The concert will celebrate the significant role artists play in informing and engaging people in positive change.

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