DAMON ALBARN SLAMS LIVE 8

The Blur and Gorillaz stars questions the motives behind the event - and the lack of black artists on the bill...

DAMON ALBARN has slammed LIVE 8 event – and says he will not perform at the event because of its negative portrayal of Africa.

The Gorillaz star also criticised the lack of black artists lined up for the shows in Europe and North America next month.

In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s ’Today’ programme the singer also questioned why some bands were involved in the charity event – and said they should donate royalties from record sales to prove their intentions are genuine.

“I don’t want to take part in an event that is so exclusive. Is this the most effective way to help Africa?” he said.

“This country is incredibly diverse. More than ever, black culture is an integral part of society, so why is the bill so damn Anglo-Saxon? If you are holding a party on behalf of people, then surely you don’t shut the door on them.

“In a way Live 8 does that: it doesn’t make you feel closer to Africa, it treats it like it’s a failing, ill, sick, tired place.”

Albarn says those performing must prove they really care about Africa.

“It is without question that all the artists that play there will enjoy increased record sales,” he added.

“I would feel more comfortable if I felt there was a discussion and that the artists were putting pressure on their record labels to genuinely show that this is an altruistic act and that there is no self-gain in it.”