U2 album covered for Africa funding

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Genevieve Carbery, The Irish Times

A LINE-UP of big names in the music business have re-recorded U2's hugely successful Achtung Baby album in a new special recording to raise funds for Africa.

Patti Smith, Snow Patrol and Depeche Mode are among the artists on the recording.

(Ahk-toong Bay-Bi) Covered was released for download yesterday to raise money for Concern Worldwide's work in crisis-hit east Africa. The 12-track album features covers by three Irish artists: Mysterious Ways by Snow Patrol, One by Damien Rice and The Fly by Gavin Friday.

Nine Inch Nails open the album with a version of Zoo Station , while former White Stripes frontman Jack White closes the album with Love Is Blindness.

British artists on the album include Scottish band Glasvegas with Acrobat and Scottish vocalist Shirley Manson's band Garbage with Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses .

Achtung Baby was first released 20 years ago this month, in November 1991.

Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold said the crisis in east Africa was "still very much an emergency, and Concern is delighted that all of the parties involved are making this hugely significant contribution to our work in the region".

The album was a "timely reminder that alleviation of the hunger and health crisis in the region must not be forgotten and should remain a global priority". The album is available from iTunes priced at €6.99.

Webmaster's note: Please check out this website for more information on donating to this charity.

© 2011 irishtimes.com

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