Moving the world with music

Published on Mar 05, 2005 08:14 PM IST

Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas and other international acts are hoping their music can help soothe the trauma of last year?s tsunami when they gather for a ?Force of Nature? charity concert in Malaysia this month.

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Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas and other international acts are hoping their music can help soothe the trauma of last year’s tsunami when they gather for a “Force of Nature” charity concert in Malaysia this month.

“If we can lend our music to a situation something of this nature, to bring a relief to the situation, we’ll always do that,” said Wanya Morris of the Grammy-winning R&B quartet Boyz II Men, one of the bands that will perform in Kuala Lumpur on March 18. The Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid is the first initiative of a nonprofit organisation in Kuala Lumpur dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the victims of natural disasters, spearheaded by former Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail, the country's tsunami envoy.

Proceeds will go toward rebuilding communities devastated by the tsunami in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. A total of 173,041 to 182,340 people died in 11 countries, most of them in Indonesia. The number of missing ranges from 107,985 to 129,897. Some 60,000 children were orphaned.

Joining Boyz II Men ar Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys, and Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, former members of hip-hop trio the Fugees.

“When you see something like that (tsunami) happen, that is just incomprehensible. You want to definitely do anything you can possibly to raise money to even just lift people’s spirits up and make them happy again,” said Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys. A transcript of the comments of the artists — made in a promotional video taped Thursday — was sent by e-mail to the media on Friday. The videotapes were distributed to television stations worldwide.

“The relief part of it is done. But now comes the hard part with the reconstruction and redevelopment. It’s also trying to heal these deep wounds they have undergone; to overcome the trauma,” Razali said, speaking on the videotape.

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