200,000 Attend AFRICA UNITE
Team Force Audio Supplies MONARC MLA3 for Massive
About 200,000 people gathered in Ethiopia's capital Sunday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the birth of reggae icon Bob Marley. The concert, dubbed Africa Unite and billed as the country's largest ever, marks the first time the late reggae star's birthday celebrations have ever been held outside his native Jamaica. Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, was a Rastafarian and believed Ethiopia to be the spiritual home of the faith.
Sunday's event in Addis Ababa's Meskel Square featured a range of performers from across Africa and the world, including Burundi's Royal Drummers, Benin's Angelique Kidjo, Senegal's Youssou N'dour and Marley's sons, his widow and his former backup singers. Early on Sunday, when the first set was being played, the audience was estimated to be about 20,000 strong. Organizers estimated that the crowd eventually grew to more than 200,000.
Though the event was free, there were about 2,000 stage-side benefit seats offered to VIPs, including Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his family. Seats sold for $125 each, with proceeds going to poor families in Ethiopia. Also broadcast live on Ethiopian TV, the concert was part of month-long celebrations organized by Marley's widow, Rita, the Bob Marley Foundation, UNICEF and the African Union.
Team Force Audio, of Miami, Florida, provided the audio and lighting services for the Africa Unite concert in Meskel Square, air-freighting thier substantial MONARC MLA3 and M.LINE line array inventories, as well as CSM88 subwoofers to serve as mains for the enormous event.
Virgo, 45, of Team Force Audio...
"I am extremely happy to be participating in the event. I believe the concert and its message of unity is something that has been needed for years."