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Alicia Keys to Perfrom at Opening Ceremony of 2010 World Cup

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Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas have been confirmed among the performers who will play at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert before the first match of the soccer World Cup in South Africa in June. Alicia Keys, Shakira and Black Eyed Peas are to perform at the start of the soccer World Cup in South Africa.

The FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, held on June 10, will open the international sports tournament the night before the first match (11.06.10) and will feature 12 artists, including a number of African musicians alongside mainstream pop acts. This year’s tournament is the first time the World Cup has ever been held in Africa.

Former South African soccer player Lucas Radebe, who is helping organize the concert, said: “I believe these historic events will go a long way towards uniting the people of our rainbow nation in South Africa. “Music and sports are the lifeblood of African culture, so to combine those in this historic event will be a true celebration of Africa.”
Source: Afrogist


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  • soulstar March 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Why isn't the African acts headlining the event? and they Americans can support…

    • Dorothy Flynn April 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

      That is a very good question. Mzwakhe Mbuli, for instance, has a fabulous song about the World Cup on his Tribute to Mandela CD that is perfect for this event. South Africa has such a rich array of artists in a wide range of musical styles and is totally prepared to entertain an international audience. The concert organizers are apparently assuming that the international audience doesn't want to hear African music, which is not true. Whenever and wherever we have the Olympics, the host country highlights its own culture in the opening and closing ceremonies. You would never find a host of Olympics events bringing in outsiders for the primary entertainment lineup.

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