Masekela joins World Cup bash

MORE South African artists have been added to the line-up of the 2010 World Cup kick-off concert near Johannesburg on June 10, a day before the opening game.

MORE South African artists have been added to the line-up of the 2010 World Cup kick-off concert near Johannesburg on June 10, a day before the opening game.

Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, popular Afro-pop band Freshlyground and the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will now also perform alongside Colombian popstar Shakira, US soul singer Alicia Keys and other local and international artists.

Somali-born hip-hop artist K'Naan and a youth choir from Soweto have also been added to the bill.

Fifa and concert promoters Control Room drew fire from South African artists after first announcing a line-up that included only three local acts - two rock groups, BLK JKS and The Parlotones, and folk singer Vusi Mahlasela.

The gig, which takes place at Orlando Stadium a day before the opening game between SA and Mexico, will be broadcast to TV viewers worldwide.

The proceeds from the concert will be donated to a Fifa campaign to build 20 centres for football and social development across Africa. - Sapa-DPA

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