Superstar musos for FIFA 2010

2010-03-17 10:53

Johannesburg - Control Room, the world's leading producer of global music events, and FIFA have announced the first group of musicians confirmed to perform at the FIFA World Cup Kickoff Celebration Concert.

Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, and Vusi Mahlasela will perform at the historic event taking place the night before the first match at 8pm local time on June 10 at the newly-renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

"We in South Africa are blessed to be hosting two first-time events," said Lucas Radebe, former South African football international and participant in the Kick-off Concert. "The first FIFA World Cup held on the African continent and the first FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration concert."

"I believe these historic events will go a long way towards uniting the people of our rainbow nation in South Africa as well as further strengthening our relationships with our brothers and sisters on the African continent."

 "After all, this is an African World Cup being staged 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 African Culture."

"We are thrilled to have a concert of such magnitude and performing talent (to) 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," said FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

Executive-produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room, in partnership with local promoter Showtime Entertainment, the event will feature musical performances by major international superstars and popular African artists collaborating with one another.

There will also be  special appearances by past and present football legends with all proceeds to benefit 20 Centres for 2010, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.  Billed as the greatest entertainment event to date on the African continent, the event will be televised to millions worldwide.

Music fans around the world can purchase tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime concert online at or via phone on (27) 083 915 8000. Concert tickets are priced at R450 (Outer Circle standing), R650 (Inner Circle standing), R850 & R950 (Upper Level seated), R1150 (Lower Level seated).  Ticket prices include VAT, Computicket Charges and Park and Ride for all ticket holders.


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  • dave - 2010-03-17 11:03

    same usual CRAp..parlotones as always..
    This country is so corrupt they still screw all the musos and the white..
    SA sucks get out while u still alive

  • LSA - 2010-03-17 11:10

    Damn, those tickets cost more than the tickets for the soccer matches themselves. That concert will be empty....

  • LSA - 2010-03-17 11:10

    Damn, those tickets cost more than the tickets for the soccer matches themselves. That concert will be empty....

  • Adams@Dave - 2010-03-17 11:39

    Shut up Dave, this is not the platform for your nonsense.

  • @dave - 2010-03-17 11:41

    Agreed dave, a concert in Soweto, who the hell is gonna go there. I would love to go but dont want to risk my life or my wifes. Get out of SA while you can or Malema fever will get you.

  • Megan - 2010-03-17 11:41

    isn't it funny that there are so few South AFrican BAnds when we are the host nation? Sure big name talent is one thing but shouldn't our Musicians be getting the press?

  • DesJay - 2010-03-17 11:46

    @ Dave,who p!ssed on your corn flakes buddy ?

  • Dave - 2010-03-17 11:49

    Who wants to see the Parlotones? They can't even fill a Barnyard Theatre.....

  • Gerard - 2010-03-17 11:51

    At those prices.... where are the real bands???

  • Des - 2010-03-17 12:00

    to dave @11:03 - how come you still here...

  • SA - 2010-03-17 12:01

    What about Ras Dumasani?

  • @dave - 2010-03-17 12:04

    seriously dave? seriously? That's what you took out of this article?

  • Ang - 2010-03-17 12:04

    @ Dave, p!$$ off outta here then you miserable unhappy twit!!

  • Eric - 2010-03-17 12:08

    Ah, the boring Parlotones... there are better bands in this country that deserve this kind of exposure. At least some local sanity has prevailed in the choice of the BLK JKS but will any South African know who the BLK JKS are? As for the Parlotones, we are smothered by their mediocrity daily as they are the theme song for car insurance ads, the face of fast food promotions and cell phone companies. Please give us a break...

  • polidonkey - 2010-03-17 12:09

    Superstar Musos? Who the hell are they? Never heard of them except the Parletones whose lead singers face is painted with black tears. Is is crying about the mess our Government is creating?

  • Bob - 2010-03-17 12:09

    Hey dave, do you do birthday parties?

  • Chuck - 2010-03-17 12:11

    At that price shove it!

  • Rubby Sukdhev - 2010-03-17 12:12

    this show is only for the rich

  • Barry Groenewald - 2010-03-17 12:16

    There is a number great bands to be seen - Tinariwen I look forward to seeing, real desert rock. Ali Farka Toures son Vieux, Amadou & Mariam and our own Blk Jks will surely make it worth while. I am just surprised to see no PJ Powers or Karen Zoid - odd, seeing that normally get wheeled out for these shindigs. Where is K'naan - the guy that did the 2010 anthem?

  • Rubby Sukdhev - 2010-03-17 12:24

    this concert is for the rich only

  • SA 1 - 2010-03-17 12:31

    What about Steve Hofmeyer?

  • Shaun - 2010-03-17 12:34

    Three negatives: 1) The ticket prices are high; 2) It could be a risk trying to attract international supporters to the event; 3) The line up is very mixed.....BUT "I've got a feeling" it could work. Brave move, Control Room.

  • SWC - 2010-03-17 12:44

    Who want to see the SWC it is only shit

  • John - 2010-03-17 13:03

    Who the hell is Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, BLK JKS, Juanes, Tinariwen & Vieux Farka Touré?

  • GeePMB - 2010-03-17 13:08

    Pretty average line up so far. Forgive me for not knowing who the BLK JKS, but I can't recall hearing them on the radio (although I am sure they are good) and whilst the Parlotones are a good band, sadly they are very overplayed and you can see them for R100 at the local music fest. All these artists are nice "middle of the road" acts. Where is Fokofpolisie Car, Seether, Prime Circle, Wonderboom, Cassette, and even old Johnny Clegg to name a few? Am surprise Danny K isn't on tyhe bill yet. Wonder how Steve Hofmeyer and Kurt Darren feel about being left out along with Ladysmith Black Mbaso etc etc... the list is endless.

  • Chikn - 2010-03-17 13:11

    @John - niobody you've heard of. None of them were on Idols. There's this cool thing on the interwebnets called google. try it.

  • Alex - 2010-03-17 13:14

    What about Jub Jub

  • Bright spark - 2010-03-17 13:27

    A sure way to fill the stadium is to get Julius and his connections to open with "Kill the Boer, kill the farmer".

  • NotBOB - 2010-03-17 13:29

    The rest of the civilized world throws opening events for their world class sporting events. China, Greece, Japan, Korea,Australia all throw events that are talked about for months afterwards. What do we do? Have a concert. Much easier than planning and excecuting a dazzling display of what it is to be South African/African.

    And then we call it unique. First ever. Wonderfull. My bottom is unique. Concerts are held on a daily basis world wide with much better artists than on this list.

    Truth is rather than do an embarrising opening show because they cant do better the government opted for a mediocre "world first concert"

    No Surprises There.

  • AZB - 2010-03-17 13:31

    @dave, you must be brain dead if that's the sumtotal of your contribution after reading the article. It will be a great concert with great artists, including our own Parlitones

  • Musa - 2010-03-17 13:32

    When I had of the concert about six months back, I was so looking forward to it. They had said artists like Jay Z, Beyonce, BEP and a host of South African artists. They also said the tickets would range from R140. And now they give us this cr*p? Well, I'll stick to the soccer during the WC. I feel sorry for a person who has to subject themselves to 7 hours of such hogwash.

  • Geoff - 2010-03-17 13:50

    Whoopy doo. Give us real bands! And why Control Room???? Why not use Attie and Big Concerts? Now THEY can organize a concert.

  • JustSaying - 2010-03-17 13:52

    Guys hence it says "First Group of musicians confirmed..." so in the next announcement each of yall will find artists you are willing to fork out that much money for !!!

  • Fubu - 2010-03-17 14:02

    Dave is anti-SA and must get out of SA before world cup. The concert is a good idea, but the price is so high, its really for the rich visitors and few rich people in SA not for SA as a whole. I agree with the previous commenter. Drop the price guyz we will definately attend. Sharp.

  • Richard - 2010-03-17 14:11

    At that price and that venue I cant see to many people attending as I dont think too many people from the suburbs will be going as how will they get their and will they have to walk home after the show

  • Realist? - 2010-03-17 14:33

    Who are Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, and Vusi Mahlasela ..??? Can't we have REAL superstars... is this the begining of the end?

  • Shaun - 2010-03-17 15:04

    What a poor line up. Very dissapioning!

  • Adams@NOTBOT - 2010-03-17 15:13

    Wake up fool , this is not the opening ceremony, this is something very separate.

  • Anonymous - 2010-03-17 15:31

    @All that wants to be happy at Dave'expense: I guess honesty is really not your drug of choice? We all know that this government only wants white people when we have foreign visitors (except of course any SADC foreigners), we the black people love portraying this rainbow nation shambles when it is to our advantage usually when we need a rich person to apply for a loan / loan from world banks

  • maronza - 2010-03-17 15:42

    @DAVE why dont you get out first maybe ur kind will follow,i'm sick and tired of ppl like you,wat r u stil doing here go goodby,go now.

  • Lilian - 2010-03-17 15:48

    To all these whiners if you dont have anyting positive to say then shut the hell up, first educate yourself before commenting. Take a trip to Soweta with your "wifes" and see what it is all about.

  • mo - 2010-03-17 15:56

    SA band suggestions: Jozi,Freshley ground,Jamali ......

  • Teddy Ndlazi - 2010-03-17 16:04

    Great line-up, but the pricing is ridiculous.

  • Johsai - 2010-03-17 16:07

    this is a stupid line up. this is supposed to be an African World Cup. There are lots of African musical stars on the continent and this is supposed to be their time. Come on

  • Ian - 2010-03-17 16:17

    THe tickets are a bit pricey and should be a platform for SA talent as well. Good line up generally bearing in mind the audience it is really aimed at.

  • Realist - 2010-03-17 19:06

    Only the flippen fat cats, gravy-train riders and Tenderpreneurs can afford those prices! That's ridiculous! The only entity benefiting here is FIFA. I would like somebody to explain HOW this concert and the FIFA world cup is going to contribute to nation building and bringing people together! After all the fun and celebration reality is going to to hit us in the face AGAIN...what with high electricity; food; petrol; housing and other prices! Let's see how long after the games the excitement is going to last?! Get real and change people's REAL circumstances, hearts and minds and REAL change will happen! The FIFA World Cup is just going to leave South Africa with huge debt and quite a few white elephants! FIFA doesn't care! They are already working on the next world cup!

  • Bigbatman - 2010-03-17 21:40

    Wow. That is a sad line-up. It's also way to expensive. Jeez people. How about a more affordable concert, with decent bands, at another venue.

  • Steve - 2010-03-18 08:05

    @Eric,completely agree with "smothered by their mediocrity daily", why not a band like Taxi Violence or Juggernaught to rock some sense into the foreigners.
    As for all the people bringing politics into this GET BENT!!!!

  • dewongz - 2010-03-18 09:18

    this sounds like grammy awards ceremony.... ring ring this is a world cup. soccer SOCCER FIFA please I NEVER saw ronaldinho making ball tricks in the oscars and grammys of even sama awards. thats where the money is going to the musicians nothing to do with football at all

  • positive - 2010-03-18 09:30

    You guys are so negative! Yes the Parlotones may be overplayed, but they are still amazing and doing way more for SA music than any other band at the moment! They are iconic at this time and deserve to play at the event!

    Yes, the tickets are pricey but I reckon if they cant fill the stadium they will drop prices as teh event draws nearer. Also, look at your target market - it is an international event where the rand is not strong, so these prices are catering to the international market. Its plain good business.

    Also, the line up is a mix of African and international bands, which is fantastic! Sorry if your favourites didnt make the list but remember this is just the first press release, I am sure they will add on others as and when they are booked...

    Stay positive okes - this will be a awesome event! I feel that so many of you read the article and try find all the wrong in it without trying to find the good thats staring you in the face!

    unite mzanzi!