Bono Makes Surprise Appearance at Studio Africa Party in Coachella Valley

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Bono Makes Surprise Appearance at Studio Africa Party in Coachella Valley

Bono made a surprise appearance just outside Coachella on Friday night, joining Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji for an impromptu performance at a ranch in La Quinta, California near Indio. The collaboration took place at the Rolling Stone Rock Room launch party for Diesel+Edun's Studio Africa, a series of events bringing African and Western musicians together.

The U2 frontman found it strange to arrive in Indio and not head straight to Coachella, but he has a different mission this year that coincides with the festival. That project is Edun, a fashion brand he co-founded with his wife, Ali Hewson, that's working to create sustainable, long-term working opportunities throughout Africa. Together with Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, Bono and Hewson are launching DIESEL+EDUN, a 25-piece denim collection sourced and manufactured entirely in Africa, this spring.

"I was reminded as we arrived here just how magnetic and magic the landscape," said Bono. "And it was very difficult, I'll be honest with you, as a lead-singer type to drive by the festival – I just felt like I'd missed something very special, but I missed something very special to be a part of something extremely special."

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