Santana Tour Benefits South African AIDS Fight

Carlos Santana will donate all proceeds from his entire 2003 North American tour to Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), which raises funds to fight AIDS.

Carlos Santana will donate all proceeds from his entire 2003 North American tour to Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), which raises funds to fight AIDS, Billboard Bulletin reports. The tour kicks off June 11 in Atlanta and runs through a July 14 show in Los Angeles. Angelique Kidjo will open all dates.

While the non-profit group's dedication is to "furthering democracy and equality in South Africa and civil rights in the U.S.," in recent years, ANSA has focused on the AIDS crisis. Its ongoing projects include South African tours to promote prevention, treatment, and destigmatization, shipping medical supplies to clinics and hospitals, and funding local groups on the frontlines of the epidemic.

ANSA members will be on hand to provide information to fans at all dates on the Santana tour.

Originally called Artists for a Free South Africa, ANSA was founded in 1989 by actors Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen, CCH Pounder, and Robert Guillaume, among others. For more information, visit the organization's Web site.

Santana will be on tour in support of his latest Arista album, "Shaman." Released in November, the set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The album, which features collaborations with Michelle Branch, Macy Gray, Placido Domingo, and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, among others, has sold 1.9 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

On Saturday (May 17), Santana will play a brief set as part of the annual KIIS-FM Los Angeles Wango Tango event at Pasadena's Rose Bowl. At the conclusion of the North American leg of the tour, he and his band will kick off a month-long European tour Aug. 27 in Helsinki. A five-date Japanese tour is laid out for November. Full details can be found on Santana's official Web site.

Here are Santana's North American tour dates:

May 17: Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl)
June 11: Atlanta (HiFi Buys Amphitheatre)
June 13: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek)
June 14: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
June 15: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion @Star Lake)
June 17: Hartford, Conn. ( Meadows Music)
June 18: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 20-21: Wantagh, N.Y. (Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre)
June 22: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
June 24: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center at the Waterfront)
June 25: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
June 27: Scranton, Pa. (Montage Mountain Amphitheater)
June 28: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lake Six Flags PAC)
June 29: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
July 1: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 2: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheater)
July 4: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre)
July 5: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
July 6: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
July 8: Englewood, Colo. (Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre)
July 11: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion @ Concord)
July 12: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 13: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre)
July 14: Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)