Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Shakira kicks-off World Cup

Shakira, Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys performed for 40,000 people at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert in Johannesburg last night (10.06.10), ahead of the launch of the soccer tournament in South Africa today (11.06.10).
Great deals on musical instruments

Black Eyed Peas, Shakira and Alicia Keys took to the stage in South Africa to open the World Cup last night (10.06.10).

The music stars performed for 40,000 people at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert in Johannesburg’s Orlando Stadium, in an evening inspired by African culture, including drumming, flag waving and dancing.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu thanked all the fans in attendance and welcomed them to the nation.

The Associated Press reports him telling the audience: "We welcome you all. For Africa is the cradle of humanity, so we welcome you home."

The performances by the three global acts were interspersed with songs by local musicians, including trumpeter Hugh Masekela, who opened the evening with 1968 chart-topper ‘Grazin’ in the Grass’.

The Black Eyed Peas – consisting of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie - were the first global stars to take to the stage, where they performed a medley of their biggest hits.

They were followed by blind duo Amadou and Mariam from Mali, before ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ hitmaker Shakira – who was wearing an animal print dress - belted out the soccer tournament’s official track ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’.

‘Fallin’ hitmaker Alicia performed several tracks, while other artists who performed included South African stars Lira and BLK JKS and Colombian rocker Juanes, who performed his latest single ‘Yerbatero’.

Concertgoer Nana Masithela praised the “showcase” evening for being a positive event for black people.

She said: "This is a showcase. We are showcasing ourselves, to say, 'Blacks can do it!' "

The soccer tournament kicks off today (11.06.10) with a match between the host nation and Mexico.

Posted on 11 Jun 2010 10:00 to category : Music News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Featuring a whole host of professional grade components, Antelope Audio's Zen Studio is available now at an incredibly discounted price.

17 Nov 2016 09:53
thumbnail

Chief executive of UK Music expects difficulties in the near future for UK artists wishing to work in the USA

16 Nov 2016 13:09
thumbnail

Ticket touters have been routinely slammed by artists and promoters for quite some time. Now, the government are to host an evidence session in which ticket touters and secondary tickets websites will be investigated.

14 Nov 2016 10:46
thumbnail

Shure announce their 'Call for Legends- Live Contest' in which the company search high and low for the next living music legends.

7 Nov 2016 12:12
thumbnail

In August controversy was in the air as the Dirty Dancing stage show fired its live musicians in favour of a backing track. Now the Musicians' Union urge its members to join in the protest.

26 Oct 2016 15:38
thumbnail

In recent times, the theft of musical instruments and gear seems to be more prevalent than ever. With this GPS guitar pedal, users can track their stolen equipment simply by logging in online on their phone or tablet.

24 Oct 2016 17:11

Recent Music News

thumbnail

Straight from the 90's, the legendary synth has been given a modern makeover to make it more versatile than ever

1 Dec 2016 12:48
thumbnail

Those who purchase a Zen Tour, Zen Studio, Orion Studio, Orion 32, Orion 32 or Goliath interface will be eligible to receive a free copy of PreSonus' Studio One

30 Nov 2016 10:42
thumbnail

With thousands of new presets and a vast array of functions, the Predator 2 brings next level sound quality and user defined audio manipulation to the players immediate disposal

29 Nov 2016 15:53
thumbnail

With a new arpeggiator and synthesizer at the users disposal, several user requested updates provide the player with more versatility than ever before

29 Nov 2016 14:51
thumbnail

A limited time edition of the Akai MPK Mini MK 2, the white equivalent operates as an eye catching alternative that looks as good as it sounds.

28 Nov 2016 15:37
thumbnail

Bursting with a number of great features, the Celviano Grand Hybrid offers the player unparalleled performance and unprecedented tone

28 Nov 2016 15:06