Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika. A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the Jul
Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika.
A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the July 2 concert will be held at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg's Newtown Precinct. Organizers have tapped South Africa's Mohotella Queens, Jabu Khanyile and Bayete, kwaito star Zola and Lindiwe, the Zambian winner of the 2004 "Project Fame" African talent search.
Acts for the South African concert are booked by one of the country's leading music management figures, Antos Stella.
Live Aid founder Bob Geldof conceived the international initiative as a poverty awareness campaign, built around simultaneous music programs in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin and Rome. He unveiled plans last week for additional concerts in Tokyo, Toronto, Johannesburg and Cornwall, England. The project is intended to influence world leaders ahead of the G8 summit, July 6-8 in Scotland.
South Africa's involvement in Live 8 has the endorsement of the country's former president Nelson Mandela, who sources say might introduce the Johannesburg leg.
Details of the ticketing allocation and the South African broadcast have yet to be announced. Billboard.biz understands that the state-run South African Broadcasting Corporation is in talks to handle the local broadcast. The BBC is co-ordinating the global feeds.