One World Concert to Include David Crosby, Cyndi Lauper, Roberta Flack, Engelbert Humperdinck, more
The show, put on by World Harmony Productions, is billed as a "historic celebration of peace, music and common ground."
The all-star lineup for the One World Concert includes: Host band Don Was and his All-Star Band, Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Phillip Phillips, Nas, A.R. Rahman, Andy Grammer, Matisyahu, Natasha Bedingfield, Swiss Beatz, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Winans, Angelique Kidjo, Voices of Afghanistan, Souad Massi, Engelbert Humperdink, Roberta Flack, David Sanborn, Joanne Shenandoah, David Crosby and Nelly Furtado. Special guests include Whoopi Goldberg, the evening's emcee, and NBC News' Ann Curry.
"After discussions with thought leaders throughout the world and with His Holiness, it became clear to me that a peace movement can only be realized when we engage the public in conversations about common ground and understanding," explains Samuel Nappi, founder of One World Community Foundation and president of World Harmony Productions. "As music is the universal language of our soul, we are thrilled to be partnering with Syracuse University and such a talented group of artists and intellectuals to help enliven the conversation."
Musician David Crosby says, "This event has such important chemistry. His Holiness the Dalai Lama seeks peace and compassion for the whole human race, and the diversity of musicians and speakers on the panels is also important. Since Dave Matthews first appeared in the music world he has been trying to go for the high ground. He's also a very powerful presence."
Crosby adds, "There's a chance for magic to happen here."
Proceeds from the concert will be used to advance international relief efforts and fund a new scholarship named for Bassel Al Shahade, a Syracuse University graduate student killed earlier this year in Syria while making a documentary film on the violence in his homeland.