Geldof organises Africa Calling
Comprised of performances by African artists, the event will be held at the Eden Project in Cornwall at the same time as Geldof's Live 8 shows, reports The Daily Mail.
Organisers hope that Africa Calling will silence the critics of Live 8, such as Blur's Damon Albarn, who complained that organisers were not recruiting enough African artists to take part in the African benefit concerts. Bob Geldof had previously claimed that there were not enough big African acts around to compete with the crowd-pleasing likes of Sir Elton John and U2. He stressed that idea of the event is to grab the public's attention with their favourite acts, rather than to give them a diverse arts festival.
However, the gesture has not been received in the way it was intended in all quarters. The Daily Mail quotes editor of black news website Blink, Lester Holloway, as saying: "This is really a terribly token gesture.
"Only a couple of days ago, Geldof said he didn't want Live8 to be like the world music festival Womad, and now that he realised his comment brought a bit of a cloud over things, that's exactly what is happening.
"The irony is that all the white acts will be playing in London, the most multi-cultural city in Europe, while all the black acts will be in Cornwall, where black people are very much in the minority."