Disappointment over World Cup concert line-up

2010-05-04 16:21

The new line-up for the 2010 World Cup concert does not address

recommendations made by local artists, South African singer and poet Mzwakhe

Mbuli has said.

Fifa announced the line-up of the concert today, which is set to

take place on 10 June at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Freshlyground, Hugh Masekela, the Soweto-based Mzansi Youth Choir, the Soweto

Gospel Choir and African hip-hop artist K’NAAN have been added to the list (see

the line-up below).

“Artists are deeply shocked and disappointed,” said Mbuli, adding

that they had been “misled, manipulated and fooled”. The agreement that the new

line-up for the 2010 concert would address concerns over gender and demographics

were not taken into account, Mbuli claimed.

Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA) secretary general

Oupa Legogo said artists were upset because Fifa had failed to consider their

list of recommended artists. He said a meeting at which artists had discussed their

response to Fifa’s announcement would continue tomorrow.

Oupa Salemane, treasurer of South African Music Promoters

Association (Sampa), which was supposed to have a “direct line of communication”

with Control Room (the organisers of the concert) – as agreed between the Local

Organising Committee (LOC), CWUSA and Fifa – said nothing had been communicated

to him and he was therefore not in a position to comment.

Derek Carstens, marketing head of the LOC, did not respond to a

request for comment.

The line-up includes:

Local artists (announced today)


•Hugh Masekela

•Mzansi Youth Choir

•The Soweto Gospel Choir

•African hip-hop artist K’NAAN

Also on the line-up (announced earlier)

•Alicia Keys

•Amadou & Mariam

•Angélique Kidjo

•Black Eyed Peas


•John Legend



•The Parlotones


•Vieux Farka Touré

•Vusi Mahlasela

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