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. Together with recording engineer Stephen W Tayler, Director of Photography Joe Dyer and project producer Andy Ward, they 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 musical ‘chain tape’ with an essential message: we are all One World and music is the One Voice we share.

At this particularly resonant time of global pandemic, environmental warming, development concerns and unrest, Esoteric Recordings, a Cherry Red Records label, is re-releasing One World One Voice in a special two-disc package featuring a digitally remastered recording of this exciting album. 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 to coincide with the CD/DVD re-release*. Complete with lovingly restored artwork, this special commemorative edition will soon be available to pre-order, with 100% of the profits going to Kevin and Rupert’s nominated charity: Friends of the Earth. In the meantime, you are welcome to make a donation to Friends of the Earth by downloading the NDiiD App below.

*sadly due to Covid-19 and Brexit this is not likely to be before Feb/March 2021…download the OWOV DiiD/push notifications and more up-to-date news

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650million views by a worldwide TV audience in May 1990



The CD and DVD feature the exceptional talents of all these musicians:

A message from Kevin Godley

"ONE WORLD ONE VOICE is the most significant piece of work I've done in the field of music on 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.Back in 1990 I was asked by the BBC to conceive a film featuring musicians from diverse cultures singing and playing together to illustrate global harmony and to act as a fitting finale to their environmentally themed ONE WORLD FORTNIGHT. This was to be a true example of World Music before the term was even coined. The Beeb's initial thought to mount a Live Aid style concert felt like a wasted opportunity to me and, as I'd had this vague notion of a 'chain tape' floating around my head for a while, I pitched it to the international TV powers that be fully expecting to be booted out the door, but they green lit it on the spot. I then had to figure out how to make it happen, and the fact that I actually did mystifies me even more.

Looking back on the experience and its outcome feels like chaos management gagging for technology that wouldn’t be invented for another twenty years. What we did have, however, was boundless imagination, conviction and access to a world of musical talent that gave notes, words, love and their valuable time to the OWOV theory. Wherever we are, whoever we are, music is our common tongue…and this is what we have to say. In 2020 the message is the same. KG"