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
Benin singer Angelique Kidjo performs on stage
Colombian musician Juanes performs on stage
Colombian singer Shakira performs on stage.
Host Pabi Moloi on stage
Malian artists Amadou & Mariam (L) 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
South Africa singer Lira performs on stage
South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter on stage
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela performs on stage.
The Black Eyed Peas perform on stage
US singer Alicia Keys performs on stage.
US singer Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas performs on stage
US Singer John Legend performs on stage