Toto's David Paich to sing at U.N. awards ceremony March 17

Toto founder, keyboardist, singer and main composer David Paich has been invited to perform at the United Nations for the inaugural Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Awards March 17, 2009. Accompanied by the Harlem Boys Choir and members of Paul Simon’s band, the seven-time-Grammy and Emmy Award winning artist will sing “Africa,” the 1982 chart-topping hit he co-wrote with Toto bandmate Jeff Porcaro, at the ceremony, which will honor Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Dr. Kevin Cahill for a Lifetime of Humanitarian Service with the initial MDG Awards.
“This is a huge honor for me,” said Paich, who was asked to appear by his friend Robin DiMaggio, the event’s musical director. “It means a great deal to be able to join such distinguished company for a great cause.”
Macy Gray, Akon, Julian and Sean Lennon, K’naan, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, Keaton Simon and the National Dance Institute will perform, while Vanessa Redgrave, Armand Assante, Sol Guy and Jonathan Granoff will be among the hosts and entertainers on hand. The awards will be streamed live on the web at and filmed for international syndicated broadcast next fall

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