A FEW top African musicians were locked behind closed doors in Cape Town at the weekend recording a song and making a video for the UN's Millennium Development Goal for Africa.
The stars - Benin's Angelique Kidjo and our Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Hugh Masekela and the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Congo's Baba Maal, Kenya's Eric Weinaina and Mozambique's Jimmy Dludlu - were recording .
New York's Arthur Baker is the producer of an offering loaded with African rhythm.
The campaign is known as the Eight Goals For Africa. According to Lopa Banerjee, policy adviser for the UN Policy Development, the song is part of the Millennium Development Goal .
In 2000, 189 world leaders signed the eight goals: The promotion of gender equality, reduction of child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, establishing global partnerships for development, universal access to education and the eradication of extreme poverty.
In September the leaders will meet in New York to assess progress made.
The millennium declaration suggested that by this year leaders should indicate having reached the halfway mark, by presenting reports.
The summit is to energise political will, to take the goals to the people through the music and video that is being recorded .
This will hopefully jog citizens into holding the council and their leaders accountable and accelerate development
The recording took place in South Africa because the spotlight is here this year. The music will be distributed for free and will be performed at fan parks at the end of the Fifa World Cup.