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2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert: Alicia Keys, Angélique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Shakira, Vusi Mahlasela & More!



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Soccer fever is in high gear as we speak! South Africa has been prepping to host the World Cup games when we all descend to the rainbow nation in May-June for the 2010 World Cup.

Alicia Keys at the Gotham Magazine Annual Gala in NYC this past Monday.

I just know that it is going to be BANANA’s in South Africa this coming Summer (U.S etc) and Winter (South Africa etc). I do know that Mzansi will rise to the occasion and show ’em that we have always been ready to do this!

Official couple, Swizz Beatz (whose divorce from wife Mashonda has been finalized) & Alicia Keys

So to kick start the festivities, FIFA & Control Room have announced:

The first performing artists for the inaugural FIFA World Cup™ Kick-Off Celebration Concert. Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angélique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré and Vusi Mahlasela will take to the stage at Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg on the eve of the opening match of the first FIFA World Cup™ on African soil. Further talent announcements will follow.

Billed as the greatest entertainment show to date in Africa, it will feature performances from major international musicians and African artists, as well as appearances by football legends past and present and celebrities from other fields. This historic music event will take place in front of a capacity stadium audience of 30,000 will be broadcast to hundreds of millions more worldwide. It is scheduled to begin at 20.00 local time (GMT+2) on 10 June.

“We are thrilled to have a concert of such magnitude and performing talent raise the curtain on the first FIFA World Cup in Africa. It is testament to the universal and unifying power of football and music, and will start the competition off on the right note – of celebration,” said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

FIFA has selected Emmy Award-winning producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room to organise and produce the concert. Control Room has masterminded some of the world’s biggest and most complex events, such as Live Earth 2007, which featured 150 artists performing on seven continents over the course of 24 hours to raise awareness of climate change.

“We believe sports and music transcend cultural, language and geographic barriers, and through the official FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, we will present the sights and sounds of unity and celebration for an unforgettable, must-see experience,” said Wall.

All net proceeds from the concert will be donated to 20 Centres for 2010, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africaâ„¢, whose aim is to achieve positive social change through football by building 20 centres across Africa offering education and healthcare services as well as football training to disadvantaged communities.

Ticket information
Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime concert can be purchased as of today, either online at www.computicket.com or by telephone on (27) 083 915 8000. Tickets are priced at ZAR 450 (Outer Circle standing), ZAR 650 (Inner Circle standing), ZAR 850 and 950 (Upper Level seated), and ZAR 1,150 (Lower Level seated). Ticket prices include VAT, Computicket charges and Park & Ride for all ticketholders.

So who is going to be in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup games??? Holla back & drop your comments below!

Muah & ♥ ya for it!

Photo: Getty Images

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  • RandomnOne

    This right here makes me drool…they better televise this otherwise something *shakes fist*