Berlin, November 9 2009. Twenty years after the peaceful revolution and during the reunification ceremony at the Brandenburg Gate, Paul van Dyk – the internationally renowned DJ, artist and producer - performed ‘We Are One’, his anthem dedicated to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The performance, in the presence of international heads of state, was the soundtrack to the historic celebration - the toppling of a symbolic row of dominos – and marked the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the Russian President Dimitri Medvedev attended the emotional event. Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, and numerous winners of the Nobel Peace Prize were also present.
“It was an incredible honour to be allowed to present my ‘We Are One’ anthem on November 9 against such a fantastic backdrop. The events of twenty years ago still move me very personally, and I have invested a lot of time and emotion in this project,” said the musician, who created ‘We Are One’ together with the British singer Johnny McDaid.
‘We Are One’ is now available to download worldwide via iTunes.
Paul van Dyk grew up in East Germany (East Berlin), and emigrated to West Germany just before the wall fell. Following reunification, van Dyk, who was born in Eisenhüttenstadt, East Germany, returned to Berlin and began his unprecedented career there. Now a global music star and cultural ambassador of a unified Germany, his views are much sought after by politicians and political commentators alike. Van Dyk was awarded the Berlin Medal Of Honour in 2006.