2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert

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2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert

Some of the world’s biggest superstars came together for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert, which took place at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa on the eve of the opening game of the World Cup. The all-star lineup of performers included Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, The Black Eyed Peas, Hugh Masekela, Lira, K’NAAN, and Shakira, and other international stars. In addition to commemorating Africa’s first FIFA World Cup, the concert also was in support of the official FIFA charity, 20 Centres for 2010, which focuses on education, public health, and athletic training.

By Ngozi Mba

Photos: Wireimage

Benin singer Angelique Kidjo performs on stage

Benin singer Angelique Kidjo performs on stage

Colombian musician Juanes performs on stage

Colombian musician Juanes performs on stage

Colombian singer Shakira performs on stage.

Colombian singer Shakira performs on stage.

Host Pabi Moloi on stage

Host Pabi Moloi on stage

Malian artists Amadou & Mariam (L) perform on stage

Malian artists Amadou & Mariam (L) perform on stage

Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Toure perform on stage

Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Toure perform on stage

Singer Hassan Ag Touhami of the Malian group Tinariwen performs on stage

Singer Hassan Ag Touhami of the Malian group Tinariwen performs on stage

South Africa singer Lira performs on stage

South Africa singer Lira performs on stage

South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter on stage

South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter on stage

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela performs on stage.

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela performs on stage.

The Black Eyed Peas perform on stage

The Black Eyed Peas perform on stage

US singer Alicia Keys performs on stage.

US singer Alicia Keys performs on stage.

US singer Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas performs on stage

US singer Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas performs on stage

US Singer John Legend performs on stage

US Singer John Legend performs on stage

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