South African musicians unhappy about FIFA music line-up
It seems the South African musicians are unhappy about not being included in the World Cup festivities. Many of the local artists were upset that the lineup did not include more local talent in it’s roster.
FIFA’s Secretary General, Jerome Valke, said that, “This is an international event, we need to attract audiences from around the world with big global names.” The artists were told that the concert was not the only arts event and they had other options for inclusion.
The South African musicians that are being included in the entertainment music roster are The Parlotones, BLK JKS, and Vusi Mahlasela. The other African artists include Angelique Kidjo, Amadou and Mariam, Tinariwen, and Vieux Farka Touré, while the international artists include Juanes, The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend (doesn’t he always seem to be everywhere the African events are?), Shakira, Alicia Keys.
This promises to be a star-studded perfomance with a huge audience watching. All net proceeds from the concert will be donated to 20 Centres for 2010, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, whose aim is to achieve positive social change through football by building 20 centres across Africa offering education and healthcare services as well as football training to disadvantaged communities.