Before that time, no Cold War American really cared about the rest of the world, and especially not places like Ethiopia. But social awareness came into being (somehow), and we're all the wiser about the litany of famines and genocides (still going on) today. I would say 99% of that knowledge came from two groups of pop stars that came together and wrote songs specifically for the Dark Continent. But, do you remember which is which?
Song title: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (aka Feed the World)
People count: 44
Blind persons: 0
Ghostbusters involved? 0
Artists still alive today: all 44
Music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jEnTSQStGE
USA for Africa
Song title: "We Are the World"
People count: 45
Blind persons: 2
Ghostbusters involved? Dan Akroyd
Artists still alive today: 42 (RIP Ray Charles and Waylon Jennings... update 2009: Michael Jackson)
Music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INwB0BWVDnM
As an added bonus:
Hear 'n Aid was the heavy metal universe's stab at the Africa problem. "We're Stars" was the song, sanctioned by the band Dio, which shows even future glam kings care about
Music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZktrrqT1A0
Part Deux is here.