Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz to play benefit gig for Gulf of Mexico oil disaster

Show will take place in New Orleans this Sunday (May 16)

Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz are among the acts who will take part in a benefit gig to support those affected by the recent oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico.

Taking place at the Mardi Gras World River City in New Orleans on Sunday (May 16), the event will also feature Ani DiFranco, Zachary Richard and Allen Toussaint.

As BBC News reports, the disaster was caused by an explosion in an oil pipe which is resulting in around 210,000 gallons of oil being poured into the sea each day, causing widespread environmental damage along the US coast.

Proceeds from the concert will go to benefit fishermen and their families, whose livelihoods depend on being able to work in the ocean, plus organisations that protect Louisiana‘s coast.

Meanwhile, the US government have said responsibility for the oil slick rests with the pipe’s owner, BP. Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke agrees, recently saying the oil company committed a ‘terrible crime’, adding that he thought they should be ‘held criminally responsible’ for their action’s.