FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert

10 June 2010 | Orlando Stadium, Soweto/Johannesburg

Alicia Keys
What does it mean to be the proprietor of your destiny? If you're a singer, songwriter, pianist extraordinaire, producer, author, news correspondent, award winner, philanthropist and actress like Alicia Keys, it's probably perceived as affluence. For Keys, prosperity isn't measured monetarily but through passion, self-fulfillment and life experiences. It's this philosophy that has made the songstress a master of endless promise and impressive achievements. Read More...
Amadou & Mariam
Welcome to the world of Amadou & Mariam, a sphere that now stretches from the dusty streets of Bamako to touring America with Coldplay and from the timeless traditions of Mali to the main stage at Glastonbury. Over the last few years big-selling albums such as ''Welcome to Mali'' and ''Dimanche à Bamako'' have taken Amadou and Mariam on an epic journey that has made the couple the best-selling - and best-loved - act to come out of Africa this century. Read More... Read More...
Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo digs into her roots with her new Razor & Tie release, OYO. Roots that reach far beyond her West African homeland of Benin, because Grammy Award winning singer, dancer and songwriter Kidjo is a definitive 21st century world artist. Her art roves across boundaries, genres and ethnicities, finding the connections that link musical forms from every part of the world, while still bonding closely with her own traditions. Read More...
The Black Eyed Peas
They are the best selling hip-hop group in music today, having sold over 26 million albums worldwide. In fact, they are one of the planet's most popular artists, and have toured more countries than any other artist. is not only the group's lead MC and its creative engine, but also a fashion designer, actor, social activist and an incredibly sought-after producer who has worked with everyone from U2 to Nas to Flo Rida. Read More...
Just a short time ago -- in a last ditch effort to supply a borrowed van with wheels to make a club gig -- the four members of BLK JKS took turns hand-over-hand pushing a tire through the darkened, kinetic streets of Johannesburg, South Africa's Soweto township. For bandmates Lindani Buthelezi, Mpumi Mcata, Molefi Makananise and Tshepang Ramoba it's a simple and tough philosophy: every gig, everything at stake. Read More...
John Legend
John Legend is a six-time Grammy winning recording artist, a critically-acclaimed concert performer, and a well-spoken social activist named to the 2009 Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. The artist launched his career as a session player and vocalist, contributing to best-selling recordings by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Kanye West and others before recording his own unbroken chain of Top 10 albums Read More...
In both critical respect and global commercial success, Juanes has become the leading all-Spanish language music artist in the world. Both an electrifying guitarist and gifted songwriter, Juanes is now often mentioned alongside artists such as Bono and Bruce Springsteen for his belief in the possibility of social change through music. Juanes' musical message of peace confronts conflict while pointing toward love and respect for both those closest to us, and our fellow global citizens as the way to rise above the fray. Read More...
K'NAAN made a powerful mark on the music world with his breakthrough debut and now with his sophomore album, Troubadour, via A&M/Octone Records. He was instantly declared an "Artist to Watch" by Rolling Stone, NPR, The Los Angeles Times and MTV. With his eloquent and thought-provoking lyrics in the tradition of great folk singers and protest songs, K'NAAN has carved a new path that widens the traditional hip-hop and global music perspective.
Mzansi Youth Choir
The Mzansi Youth Choir was established in July 2003 with the aim of affording talented, underprivileged teenagers the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and abroad. The choir consists of 45 enthusiastic young choristers who hail from Soweto, south west of Johannesburg. The word Mzansi means south in isiZulu and is also the township slang word for South Africa.
Soweto Gospel Choir
Two-time GRAMMY Award winners and internationally acclaimed world music sensation, Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music through their cornucopia of rich voices. This magnificent multi-award winning 52 strong Choir, styled with a contemporary feel, leaves all who hear it stunned with emotion. Wherever Soweto Gospel Choir has performed, be it at home in South Africa or Europe, Singapore, Australia, the UK and the USA, the Choir has dazzled audiences and received critical acclaim.

Created in late 2002, the Choir has achieved an almost unbelievable array of accomplishments: the first South African group to perform at the Academy Awards; two #1 Billboard World Music Chart albums, collaborations with Peter Gabriel, Bono, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Akon and most recently with U2 as part of ESPN's unprecedented coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Support from such prominent and revered figures such Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the high praise for its music has garnered widespread attention for its work on behalf of its own charitable initiative Nkosi's Haven/Vukani which has raised millions for families affected by the AIDS epidemic. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.
The Parlotones
The Parlotones are known for their electric, polished stage performances delivered against the backdrop of their deftly crafted and darkly romantic lyrics. Their sound, described as alternative in their formative years and influenced by the likes of Muse, Radiohead and the Smiths, has evolved substantially becoming more refined and focused with each album. Read More...
How do you compress a thirty-year epic into a few pages? Tinariwen, whose back-story has variously been described as "the most compelling of any band" (Songlines), "the most rock'n'roll of them all" (The Irish Times), "hard-bitten" ( and "dramatic" (The Independent), are both a dream and a nightmare for any aspiring music writer: a dream because the most superficial 'headlines' of their tale - rebellion, guns and guitars, desert nomads, Ghadaffi, the real Saharan blues - are like easy nuggets of gold to thrill-seeking journalists and literary prospectors. Read More...
Vieux Farka Touré
Fondo, Vieux Farka Tourés newest effort and his Six Degrees debut, is more than a stirring mix of traditional instruments and modern production. More than a world music artist embracing the sounds of rock, it is the sound of a young man coming into his own. His self-titled debut, released in 2006, seemed to be the passing of a torch, as it included the last recordings by his legendary father,  Ali Farka Touré and a healthy dose of traditional Malian songs from his father's repertoire. But his new album has only one traditional song; everything else was written by Vieux himself.Read More...
Vusi Mahlasela
Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as "The Voice" in his home-country, South Africa, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. Raised  in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. Read More...
In a global music world brimming with solo female performers, Lira stands out as that rare thing: an artist who has been able to create a formidable career without compromising the very values that feed her creative soul.

This may not sound like much but cast around the current charts and it becomes clear that Lira's ability to retain a deep sense of integrity whilst selling platinum and raking in the awards is not commonplace.

For this 30-year-old, it's a no brainer. "If something doesn't resonate with me, I won't do it," she says simply. "I have to really connect with the words that I am singing or the statements I am making or the clothes that I am wearing - or else I'd rather not be in this."