How was the festival “One World: Together at Home”


Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Eddie Vedder were some of the great figures who were part of One World: Together at Home, the charity festival driven by the artist Lady Gaga, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise funds in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus, which was a parade of celebrities from different fields.

The special broadcast, which could be seen through social networks and various television signals, are also included interpretations of the own Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift,Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong, Lizzo, Shawn Medes and Camila Cabello; John Legend and Sam Smith, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Keith Urban, Kasey Musgraves, Burna Boy, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, and Maluma.

It was a compendium of two hours, conducted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, of a marathon day of six hours in which a large number of performers offered a song from their respective social networks.

The special broadcast also featured other figures who are sending messages in relation to the fight against the pandemic, most of it with words of appreciation to the health personnel and teachers, among which highlighted Pharrel Williams, Beyonce, Usher, J Balvin and Alicia Keys; the comedians Amy Poehler and Ellen DeGeneres; the tv star Oprah Winfrey; exfutbolista David Beckham and his wife former Spice Girl Victoria Adams, and the actor Idris Elba.

Among the personalities who joined the festival were also political figures like the former first ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama; the mogul, creator of Microsoft’s Bill Gates; the secretary-general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres; and the director-general of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Nor missed the words of some doctors who work with people infected with hiv or councils for the prevention of the virusen didactic tone and humorous, as in the case of the intervention of some characters from Sesame street, a short starring Bob Sponge or the version of Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, to the style, as is often done in your own tv show, the classic totally Safety Dance, with an alteration in the letter in which recommended to wash the hands.

However, the best moments of the transmission were offered by the artists who made some interpretation, in some cases of their own songs and on the other, recreations of classics.

Among those who addressed her own material met Paul McCartney, one of the first figures to appear, with Lady Madonna and a greeting in which he recalled that his mother was a nurse who served in times of the Second World War. “The coronavirus knows that if there’s a beatle involved is in trouble,” said Jimmy Kimmel at the end of the performance of the legendary musician.

The Rolling Stones, for their part, offered a version of You can’t always get what you wantthat began Mick Jagger with an acoustic guitar and that you were adding one Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts, and included with the help of a hint of support.

Stevie Wonder brought excitement with Lean on me, Elton John made his bet with I’m still standing, Chris Martin addressed Yellow and Eddie Vedder is showcased with River Cross.

Lady Gaga chose to open the transmission with SmileCharles Chaplin; Taylor Swift brought drama with Soon you’ll be better, and Lizzo emotion with A time is gonna come.

However, one of the best musical moments was the intervention of Keith Urban, who for a version of Higher love, Stevie Sw, chose sobregrabarse in video, with three guitars different, to what amounted to a machine of rhythm.

There was also some duos such as Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, in What a wonderful world; and John Legend and Sam Smith in Stand by me.

The Latin touch was in the hands of Maluma with Carnival and Jennifer Lopez with People. In both old groups that no longer exist such as The Beach Boys and Nírvana, and others such as Daft Punk or the singer Justin Bieber were present through old video clips.

However, all occurrences, whether artistic, political or members of the civil society, were traversed by the messages that emphasized on preventive measures and on the recognition of physicians, researchers and health personnel; as well as in civil society organisations that cater to vulnerable sectors of the population.

The transmission sought to raise money to continue the fight against the pandemic, but did not give figures on the results of the crusade.