Kick-off concert promises fireworks

2010-06-09 14:25

“Let’s get the party started!” These words, the title of a Black Eyed Peas song, were a fitting

herald to the 2010 Fifa World Cup Kick-off Concert tomorrow night at Orlando

Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The concert will feature an eclectic mix of South African as well

as international acts.

Freshlyground’s lead singer Zolani Mahola says the one thing she

wants the fans to take with them after the concert is “a feeling that we are

connected to the world.”

“I want them to feel that we’ve got a lot to offer the world, and

for them to truly appreciate that,” she says.

Moreover, according to Zolani, tomorrow night’s audience can expect

a lot more people than usual on the stage.

“They’ll see Freshlyground dancing with Shakira live.

Soul sensation Lira says that sharing a stage with international

stars will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase “ourselves as we are”.

“It’s great because they get to experience African hospitality and

the African spirit. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience that

exchange.”

Blk Jks frontman Mpumi Mcata says performing on the night will be

an awesome moment because “God is in everything.”

“On a universal level”, says Mcata, “whatever God forces in this

moment, God is very proud of us right now.”

Perhaps The Parlotones’s Kahn Morbee says it best:“Most of the world probably believed that we couldn’t pull it off,

but here we are.

“We have beautiful people and the world is about to discover

that.”

The artists performing tomorrow night are:

Alicia Keys
Angelique Kidjo
Amadou & Mariam
Black Eyed Peas
Blk Jks
Freshlyground
Hugh Masekela
John Legend
Juanes

K’Naan
Mzansi Youth Choir
Shakira
Soweto Gospel Choir
The Parlotones
Tinariwen
Vieux Farka Tour
Vusi Mahlasela



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