The U2 frontman has recruited some of the world’s biggest musicians to sing the greatest protest songs in history. It’s all for the ONE Campaign’s new project, Agit 8, which is asking musicians to raise their voice in hopes that it encourages others to do the same. The compilation features additional artists like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, will.i.am, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons.
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Sheeran channels Bob Dylan for a cover his 1963 song “Masters Of War,” which Dylan wrote about the Cold War’s nuclear arms race. In the clip, Sheeran plays his signature acoustic guitar in an extremely bare room. The desolate, uninteresting background puts all the focus on Sheeran’s voice, which resonates with power as he sings, “You fasten all the triggers for the others to fire/ Then you set back and watch when the death count gets higher.” Watch the video below.
ONE is a grassroots campaign created to fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Co-founded by Bono in 2004, ONE has over 3 million supporters. The campaign stresses that with more awareness, extreme poverty can be eradicated by 2030.
Visit One.org to learn more about the organization and to listen to U2 sing their hit “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”