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Jordaan, FIFA to discuss concert

2010-04-02 13:54

Johannesburg - Concerns over the dearth of South African and African artists at the World Cup kick-off concert will be taken up at a meeting with FIFA, the arts and culture department said on Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled to happen within two weeks, the ministry said in a statement.

World Cup local organising committee chief executive Danny Jordaan, the ministry and the Communication Workers' Union of SA would be in attendance. This was agreed to on Thursday when Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana and the CWUSA raised their concerns with Jordaan.

Local artists and the ministry were unhappy about the June 10 concert featuring only a few African and South African performers. They believed the artistic programme should reflect an "African experience", with at least 80% local representation.

Jordaan agreed and "immediately" requested the meeting with FIFA.

"Until such time as the meeting will take place, Dr Jordaan got the undertaking from FIFA that no further announcements on the artists' line-up for the June 10 concert will be made."

The concert line-up currently included international acts Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, Tinariwen and Vieux Farka Tour.

The local acts are The Parlotones, BLK JKS and Vusi Mahlasela.