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Dem Vinyl Boyz EP 78 - U.S.A. for Africa - We Are the World


In this special episode of “Dem Vinyl Boyz,” we’re exploring the historic collaboration that brought together some of the biggest names in music for a cause greater than any single artist: the “We Are the World” album. Released in 1985, this album was more than just a collection of songs; it was a humanitarian effort aimed at alleviating famine in Africa, particularly Ethiopia.

The title track, “We Are the World,” written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones, became a symbol of global unity and compassion. It featured an unprecedented ensemble of music legends, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Diana Ross, among others. This project wasn’t just about the music; it was a call to action that resonated around the world, raising millions of dollars for famine relief.

But the album offered more than its anthem-like title track. It included contributions from a diverse range of artists, each bringing their unique sound and spirit to this collective effort. In this episode, we’ll dive into the stories behind the songs, the recording process, and the impact “We Are the World” had on the music industry and global humanitarian efforts.

Join us on “Dem Vinyl Boyz” as we revisit the powerful message of “We Are the World,” celebrating the spirit of collaboration and generosity that defined this landmark album. We’ll reflect on the legacy of this project, how it set a precedent for future charity initiatives, and its enduring message of hope, unity, and the power of music to bring about change.

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