The point behind the Live 8 concerts is that they are centered around the G8 talks going on this week. You can not ask individual governments to be responsible for the problems of a whole continent but you can ask the 8 most influential countries in the world to help spread awareness to the rest of the world?s governments. The Live 8 concerts are geared toward the complacent youth, non-voter, groups and no one else.
On a separate note, most people think Africa is alone in it's corruption--not so, Europe as a whole decided their fate long ago when they decided to rape, pillage, and exploit the African people (read, colonize). They colonized and drew borders around what they thought they had rights to without consideration to historic, tribal boundaries and when they were through taking what they wanted and were fed up of colony life they left the tribes to fend for themselves. Often times the majority tribes took it upon themselves rid the minority tribes from the "new" country (a la Rwanda, et al).
Say what you will about the commercialization of aid funding but keep in mind Africa has not had a very good example to follow when it comes to self-government over the last 2 or 3 centuries. I believe the G8 can at least try to make up for that--as for the concerts, if they bring awarness to the MTV generation then no harm no foul.