Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Nelly Furtado donates Gaddafi appearance fee to charity

Nelly Furtado is to donate $1 million she earned performing for Libya's dictator leader Colonel Gaddafi to charity.
Great deals on musical instruments

Nelly Furtado is to donate $1 million she earned performing for Libya's Colonel Gaddafi to charity.

The 'Powerless (Say What You Want)' singer appeared for the dictator's family in 2007, but pledged to give the money away, after an uprising to overthrown him in the North African country, which have reportedly left thousands dead.

Nelly tweeted: "In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $ (sic)."

Colonel Gaddafi - who has been linked to terrorist activity and accused of running a brutal regime over his people for 40 years - has been asked to step down by leaders of the western world, but refused, even denying there is unrest in the state.

Other stars including Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent are also known to have been paid to perform for members of Gaddafi's family, and are now being urged to return their fees, and put money into causes which help the oppressed people of the state.

While stars may have appeared at such parties, is it unlikely they would have known who they were performing for.

Buck Williams, agent for indie group R.E.M, said: "Ninety percent of the time the artist has no clue. You hear about these things, it's generally after the fact.

"But the majority of my artists, if they knew something was funded by Qaddafi, they would not play it, and morally it would not rest well with them."

Posted on 1 Mar 2011 09:45 to category : Music News

Related Music News

thumbnail

With the advent of various new files formats and the cancelling of several licensing programs, the MP3 is speculated to soon become a thing of the past.

17 May 2017 12:40
thumbnail

JBL Professional has launched a competition that gives aspiring musician the opportunity to record in a professional facility with renowned producer Steve Levine.

8 May 2017 14:48
thumbnail

Delivered by Choreographer and Theater Director Arlene Phillips, The Bacc For the Future campaign has acquired support of over 100 hundred influential figures

28 Mar 2017 12:28
thumbnail

On the 22nd of April, Pink Floyd will be releasing an unheard version of the iconic classic 'Interstellar Overdrive' in celebration of world record day

23 Mar 2017 15:29
thumbnail

With an increased quality of specifications right across the board, Apple's eponymous 'iPad' will host a whole generous selection of great new features.

22 Mar 2017 15:09
thumbnail

Supported by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and many more, Fanfair Alliances new educational guide is available for free download online.

21 Mar 2017 15:25

Recent Music News

thumbnail

The latest entry into the acclaimed microphone brands line-up, the sE8 Small Condenser Microphone packs a big punch despite its diminutive and compact frame.

13 Jul 2017 13:24
thumbnail

A familiar face in an all new format, the Waza Amplifier Head lets you experience the full power of an established classic in the comfort of your own bedroom.

11 Jul 2017 11:07
thumbnail

A visual percussion instrument that promises a completely immersive rhythmic experience, the DR-01S is the first of many in the latest percussive generation.

11 Jul 2017 10:14
thumbnail

In celebration of BOSS' 40th anniversary, the company releases a triumvirate of their most famous and sought-after pedals in a limited-edition box-set format.

11 Jul 2017 09:39
thumbnail

In celebration of their rich history, VOX launches the AC30HW60 and AC15HW60. Designed to emulate the classics, VOX add impetus to the saying 'old is gold'

7 Jul 2017 10:57
thumbnail

Continuing the legacy of Elektron's previous entries, the Analog Four MKII/Analog Rytm MKII marks the beginning of a new era graced with bountiful enhancements

6 Jul 2017 14:51