All proceeds from this record will be distributed in the famine areas of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan through the following relief agencies: Oxfam, 274 Banbury Rd, Oxford; War On Want, Room 19, 467 Caledonian Rd., London N7 9BE, and Medicins Sans Frontieres, 68 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 75005 Paris, France.
Further donations can be made direct to the above adresses.
Percussion: Geraldo Darbilly (Blue Rondo a la Turk), John Bradbury;
Vocals: Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Ray Falconer (UB40), Jackie Robinson, Sydney Crooks, George Agard (Pioneers);
Keyboards: Jerry Dammers;
Guitar: Lynval Golding;
Bass: Mark Bedford;
Drums: Daniel Woodgate;
Talking Drums: Gasper Lawal;
Cornet, Flugel Horn, Trumpet: Dick Cuthel;
Trombone: Annie Whitehaed;
Additional vocals: Dave Wakeling;
Toasting: Ranking Roger;
Backing vocals: Lorenza Johnson, Claudia Fontain, Caron Wheeler, Naomi Thomson (Afrodiziak);
Produced by: Jerry Dammers;
Engineered by: Ian Horne;
Mixed by: Jeremy Green; Recorded at: Liquidator.
Special Thanks To: Geraldo Darbilly,Mick Toohig, Music Bank, Sound Centr Feldon Audio, Britannia Row, Sound Clinic, Wex Studios, Town House, Odyssey Studios, Blue Mountain Music, Townhouse Cutting Room, Audio FX, Audiorent, Eel Pie Studios, Air Studios, Stuart Stawman.
With what's going on in Darfur and now in Myanmar I thought it appropriate to post this video of "Starvation" by The Pioneers that features a cornucopia of members of 2Tone era bands including The Specials, Madness, UB40, General Public and The Pioneers along with others (check out the Trumpet solo by Dick Cuthell who toured with The Specials).
Starvation/Tam Tam Pour L'Ethiopie was a double A-sided charity single released in 1985, and recorded by two charity ensembles formed specially for the occasion, also known as Starvation and Tam Tam Pour L'Ethiopie respectively. The aim was to raise money for the starving people of Ethiopia.
The idea of gathering artists together to make a charity record was copied from Bob Geldof's Band Aid project, which was number one in the UK charts at the time Starvation/Tam Tam was recorded in December 1984. Band Aid was criticised by some for featuring very few black musicians, and none at all from Africa. The Starvation/Tam Tam record was meant to rectify this.
"Starvation", a cover version of a Pioneers song, featured a number of musicians associated with the 2 Tone era (the group were originally going to be called "The 2 Tone All Stars"), including members of The Specials, Madness, The Beat and UB40, as well as The Pioneers themselves. It was produced by Jerry Dammers.
"Tam Tam Pour L'Ethiopie" was recorded in Paris and featured an ensemble of African artists. Many of the musicians in question were from French-speaking countries, but lyrics in a number of African languages - including Douala, Lingala, Wolof, Malinke and Swahili - also featured on the record. It was produced by Manu Dibango.
The record was released on the Zarjazz label and reached #33 in the UK charts, marking the only time that a record to raise money for Africa actually featuring African artists has entered the UK Top 40.
Proceeds from the record were distributed to the charities Oxfam, War On Want and Médecins Sans Frontières.
Here is the line-up that recorded the song and appear in the video:
(P) 1985 Virgin Records Ltd. © 1985 Zarjazz
UB40 with Various Artists - Starvation (Geraldo Darbilly na percussão)