Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys Heading To Soweto For Concert In June
Chart topping Hip-Hop group The Black Eyed Peas will headline a concert in South Africa’s biggest black township this June, prior to the World Cup.
BEP, along with singers Alicia Keys and Shakira, will perform in Soweto on June 10th, one day before to the start of the World Cup.
Over 30,000 people are expected to attend the concert, which will also be broadcast across the world in support of the month-long tournament, which is being held in South Africa for the first time.
"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," FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said in a statement.
African groups like the Parlotones, Tinariwen, Mariam and others will also perform during the concert, which will benefit the World Cup’s 20 Centres for 2010.
The social organization is dedicated to positive change throughout Africa and is raising funds to build 20 facilities across the African continent to provide training, healthcare options and soccer instruction.