Artists call for boycott of Fifa concert

2010-06-01 14:28

The Creative Workers’ Union of South Africa has called for locals

to boycott the Fifa kickoff concert at Orlando Stadium a day before the 2010

World Cup opening match.

The show will feature artists such as Alicia Keys, Shakira,

Angélique Kidjo, Vusi Mahlasela and the Black Eyed Peas.

Last week Fifa announced that additional local artists would be

included in the concert line-up.

Speaking at a media conference in Johannesburg today, the president

of the Creative Workers’ Union of South Africa, Mabutho Kid Sithole, said Fifa

had failed to take its recommendations into account.

“It was agreed that there would be consultations every step of the

way, but this was not done.”

Sithole said that local traditional singers were excluded and that

the show would not showcase South Africa’s true culture.

The union has accused Fifa of failing to sign a memorandum of

agreement to include more local artists, to involve the South African Music

Promoters’ Association in planning the concert and to heed the union’s objection

to the involvement of promoter Hazel Feldman.

Feldman was appointed by Control Room, the show’s Los Angeles-based

organisers, as the local promoter.

The general secretary of the Creative Workers’ Union of South

Africa, Oupa Lebogo, said the union had submitted a list of recommended artists

to Fifa, but these artists were not considered.

“If you go to the concert, it’s at your own peril. That show is not

a people’s concert, but Control Room’s.”

Lebogo complained that the show was not organised by South


He also complained about the ticket prices, which range from R450

to R1 500.

Feldman referred queries to Penny Stein, the publicity officer for

the show, who, in turn, said she would refer queries to Control Room.

Various organisations, including the South African Communist Party,

the South African National Civics Organisation and the South African Liquor

Traders’ Association, have pledged their support for the boycott.

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