A consortium of Sri Lankan musicians is trying to recruit the likes of Elton John, Madonna and Ricky Martin to lend their support to the tsunami-relief effort in the form of song contributions that will appear on a benefit album already in the works. Funds raised through sales of the record will aid rebuilding efforts in countries devastated by the December 26 catastrophe, The Associated Press reports.
Asoka Gunawardena, a spokesperson for United Artists of Sri Lanka, told the wire service that the group is eyeing a March 26 release date for One Nation, One World, One Love. The album would hit store shelves exactly three months after the disaster occurred.
“This album is produced as a tribute to all those who passed and all those who came for our help in this worst natural disaster,” Gunawardena told reporters Wednesday.
The assemblage of Sri Lankan artists has reached out to several U.S. music label representatives for contributions, the AP reports. The 18-song album will also feature singers from Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Somalia and the Maldives.
Gunawardena said that sales of the compilation will support the construction of schools in the recovering region, as well as the erection of a memorial in Sri Lanka, one of the hardest-hit areas.
For MTV’s firsthand coverage of the aftermath of the tsunamis, see “MTV News Presents: After The Tsunami.”