Arts department, LOC to meet over Cup concert

2010-03-31 10:09

THE arts and culture minister is expected to meet the World Cup

local organising committee tomorrow to discuss the lack of local artists

scheduled to perform at the Fifa kick-off celebration concert.

Lulu Xingwana and the head of the committee, Danny Jordaan, were

expected to discuss the artists’ request that 80% of those performing at the

June 10 concert at Orlando Stadium should be from South Africa or Africa,

department spokesperson Lisa Combrinck has said.

During a meeting Xingwana held with performers yesterday, they

argued that the soccer tournament’s artistic programme should reflect a

“holistic African experience”.

On Friday Xingwana said it was “unacceptable” that only a handful

of local artists were taking part.

She said: “It is not fair that mainly artists from outside the

country and the continent should welcome our guests.”

The concert line-up includes international acts Alicia Keys, Amadou

& Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira,

Tinariwen and Vieux Farka Touré.

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

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