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Will.i.am, Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons record protest songs to highlight global poverty issues

Will.i.am has recorded a protest song to highlight issues of global poverty. Photo: One Campaign

Will.i.am, Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons have recorded new versions of famous protest songs to highlight issues of global poverty.

They are joining forces with dozens of musicians to campaign to get world leaders to focus on poverty ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

Ed Sheeran is one of the singers involved in the project. Credit: One Campaign

It has been backed by the One Campaign with videos of the protest songs being shown online to inspire a new generation to fight against injustice.

Music is a powerful tool in galvanising people around an issue. There's no better way to get your point across than to put it in a beautiful song.

– Ed Sheeran

Other stars enlisted by the campaign include One Change co-founder Bono, Sting, Elvis Costello, Green Day and chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The One organisation has also worked with filmmakers and actors including Richard Curtis and Chiwetel Ejiofor to create a half-hour film.

It will be projected on to the side of London's Tate Modern tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at 10pm.

Videos of the protest songs can be seen at one.org/protestsongs and the songs will be available on streaming website Spotify.