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‘We Are the World’ Revived for Aid

January 4, 2005

HONG KONG (AP) _ The 1985 African famine relief benefit song, ``We Are the World,″ is being revived for tsunami relief efforts in a new Chinese version featuring Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung and other top Hong Kong stars.

The new rendition, titled ``Love,″ will be the featured song in the Crossing Borders charity performance Friday organized by the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild.

Organizers felt ``We Are the World″ captured their belief that disaster relief shouldn’t discriminate by ethnicity or national boundary, guild official Patricia Ho said Tuesday.

More than 139,000 people are reported dead around southern Asia and eastern Africa, most killed by massive tsunamis that smashed coastlines after a Dec. 26 earthquake off Indonesia’s coast.

``Love″ retains the English chorus of the original song, but otherwise contains entirely new Chinese lyrics. Hong Kong’s version will be sung in the Chinese dialects of Cantonese and Mandarin.

Unlike the original song, ``Love″ will not be released commercially, Ho said.

Meanwhile, director Stephen Chow successfully lobbied Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. to donate a portion of Thursday’s earnings from his movie ``Kung Fu Hustle″ to relief efforts, a spokesman for Chow’s production company said.

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