Wednesday 1st December
from 09:00 am The community of Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek are invited to the Masiphumelele Community Hall for a presentation by the Future Fighters, talks, and movie clips. There will be candle lighting and gum boot dancers. As well as to meet several Santos soccer players who, at midday guests will congegate in Khoza Square where a marquee will be set up, snacks and juice will be distributed and there will be music and the release of balloons. At 14:00 teams of netball players from MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) and other Masi NGOs will compete through the afternoon.
THE DESMOND TUTU HIV FOUNDATION PRESENTS:
WORLD AIDS DAY BENEFIT CONCERT. ART FOR LIFE LAUNCH
Freshlyground, Vusi Mahlasela, Loyiso and Tumi Molekane
LIVE AT SPIER
TICKETS available at http://www.webtickets.co.zawww.webtickets.co.za / R150 pre-sold / R170 at the door
Wednesday December 1st 2010
Doors open 1900hrs
Spier Amphitheatre- Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
All proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise go directly to ART FOR LIFE.
For Media information and Press Accreditation: Sarah Barnett firstname.lastname@example.org
Four of South Africa’s favourite musical talents, along with beloved comedian Nik Rabinowitz (as DesmondTutu) join forces to launch ART FOR LIFE- a response to the HIV crisis in South Africa. This prestigious event promises to be an intimate showcasing of solo performances and collaborations between some of the country’s finest proponents of Afro-pop, traditional folk, R&B and hip-hop.
Afro-pop heroes Freshlyground, traditional folk legend Vusi ‘The Voice’ Mahlasela, Loyiso Bala – the king of R&B! and Tumi Molekane, one of South Africa’s most gifted and conscious hip hop artists have all taken active roles in the fight against HIV, not only as individuals but also as 46664 ambassadors. They invite you to join them in launching this important initiative that really will make a difference to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. All proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise go directly to ART FOR LIFE.
ART FOR LIFE
ART FOR LIFE is a community building initiative that will identify, train, and support local community members to become educated and articulate voices in the fight against HIV. An ART FOR LIFE community leader will receive thorough training from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and work within one of the Foundation’s many programmes to educate a range of community members about HIV treatment, prevention, and assist with linkage to care.
DESMOND TUTU HIV FOUNDATION
The DTHF is a registered non-profit organisation. The foundation has been engaged in cutting edge HIV research since 1999. With sites in Gugulethu, Nyanga, Crossroads and Masiphumelele the foundation combines rigorous research with community engagement and development
The DTHF has a reputation for excellence. Archbishop Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu are patrons. In 2008 the DTHF received the Impumelelo Innovations Platinum Award for their Sizophila Project, in 2009 Chief Operations Officer, Associate Professor Linda-Gail Bekker received the Royal Society Pfizer Award, and in 2010 the organisation received the Mail & Guardian Investors in Life Award for its innovative programmes promoting prevention and treatment of HIV.
Having just launched their fourth studio album ‘Radio Africaʼ, they are gearing up to broadcast their unique sound, a sound that has turned the seven-piece band into one of South Africaʼs most treasured acts, to the rest of the continent and the world, with a comprehensive US and European tour next year. The album achieved GOLD status within two months of its release. The first single “Fire is Low” has been in the South African Top 20 National Chart for the 16 weeks. A major highlight for 2010 was Freshlygroundʼs collaboration with Colombian superstar Shakira on the Official Song for the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010.
Entitled ʻ Waka Waka- This Time For Africa” the song is featured on “Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™”. The song has sold over four million singles and has reached number #1 in 19 countries worldwide.
Their performance with Shakira at the World Cup Kick-off Concert and the Closing ceremony (before the Spain-Netherlands Final game) which was broadcasted live to over a billion people, combined with unprecedented radio play and media coverage, exposed their music to a mass of new fans across the globe.
Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as ‘The Voice’ in his home-country, South Africa, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age, teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. After his popular debut album “When You Come Back”, Vusi was asked to perform at Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and continues to spread Mandela’s message as an official ambassador to Mandela’s HIV/AIDS initiative, 46664.
Loyiso Bala was trained at the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir in South Africa. After overwhelming success with legendary Kwaito act TKZee in 2000, Loyiso decided to release his own singles ‘Musukukhala’ and ‘Silky Soft Skin’ in 2001. The singles laid the foundation for Loyiso’s solo career and he went on to release his first album “Wine Woman and Song” in 2003 and his second album ‘Amplified’ in 2005. These albums solidified Loyiso’s reputation as South Africa’s king of R&B, with singles such as ‘Girl Without A Name’, ‘Angel’, ‘Gimme The Night’, ‘Cappuccino’ and ‘Cuban’.
Loyiso is an ambassador for the 46664 campaigns, the Smile Foundation and most recently MaAfrika Tikkun, which sees him supporting several charitable and worthwhile causes such as coaching school plays and performing at charitable events. He also talks about HIV education in several schools across South Africa.
TUMI Molekane is a speaker of fancy, the vanguard clairvoyant, one of South Africa’s brightest up and coming wordsmiths.
He is an honest poet, an intuitive writer and responsible MC. This spitkicker has done countless work on the Jo’burg hip-hop scene,
and has shared the stage with SA’s premier talent, such as Blk Sonshine, Bra Willie Kgositsile, Max Normal, Lesego Rampolokeng, and international talent such as Shakira, Saul Williams, Sarah Jones, Coldplay and the Cardigans. Tumi was the feature of Yfm’s acclaimed pilot ad campaign, performing controversial poetry for the ads. Having worked on his project, “The Tao of Tumi”, in 2001 as a showcase, he is pioneering a whole new approach to making and presenting music.
The collective result is a sound that lingers over lines of new-school hip-hop, beat poetry and funked-up jazz, which is sure to set a new standard to be followed in national line-ups.