In 1990, as the BBC’s contribution to the One World Fortnight collaboration between broadcasters in 27 countries, music legends Kevin Godley and Rupert Hine set out to record and film the first ever genuine World Music composition.
They and their team travelled the world for three months, inviting hundreds of the world’s greatest musicians to add their own talents and voices to this uniquely ambitious project.
The result was One World One Voice, a documentary and musical ‘chain tape’ with an essential message: that we are all One World and music is the One Voice we share.
Kevin Godley commented: “One World One Voice is the most significant piece of work I’ve done in the field of music on film…at least it is to me. It features over 250 well known and unknown musicians from all over the world, and the fact that I was given the opportunity to make it still mystifies me.”
To mark the 30th Anniversary of this musical odyssey – and to coincide with World Environment Day 2020 – One World One Voice is being re-released in a special two-disc package featuring a digitally remastered recording of this exciting album.
Complete with lovingly restored artwork, this special commemorative edition will soon be available to pre-order, with 100% of the royalties going to Kevin and Rupert’s nominated charity: Friends of the Earth.
The CD comes together with a DVD of Kevin Godley’s epic music film and accompanying documentary, which was seen by more than 650 million people worldwide in May 1990, and is scheduled for repeat by the BBC in October 2020.
In the run-up to October, the OWOV website – oneworldonevoice.co.uk – will be constantly updated as participating artists add their recollections of the recording process and share their observations on what has changed in the last 30 years.
Howard Jones has provided the first addition to the website, with his 1990 contribution to the project: ’We Will Meet Again’, which has enormous resonance in these unprecedented times.