The Opening concert for the World Cup will be held today at Orlando Stadium, located in Soweto, and it will start with performances from top international artists such as Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Alicia Keys, while Colombian Shakira is going to be singing the official song of the tournament called Waka Waka (which is based on a traditional song from African Soldiers called Zangalewa) .
The event is going to be held for 3 hours, and during some point of the kick-off celebration, Zakumi, the official mascot, is going to make an appearance. The opening ceremony is expected to start at 2pm tomorrow at Soccer City Stadium located in Johannesburg.
This concert is possibly the biggest event of its kind to be held in the Africa, and it will include not only American and European artists, but also a few from the black continent itself, such as Freshlyground, a group from South African that will be performing along with Shakira.
South Africa’s organizers are looking to host the best world cup ever, and the authorities from Johannesburg are waiting to show the world the huge potential and the opportunities their city has to offer, which is why they want today’s concert to be iconic so people will always remember it.
Other performers that will be present today during the concern are BLK JKS, the Parlotones, Vusi Mahlasela, Amadou & Mariam, Juanes, Vieux Farka Toure, Angelique Kidjo, and Tinariwen.
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Even though the concerted starts at 4pm, VEVO, a website owned by Sony Music, is going to be stream it in high definition at 8 pm South African time, 2 pm Eastern Standard time.
A high presence of police officers will be guarding the people that are going to assist to the concert, and Orlando Stadium is starting to get filled with proud South Africans and people from around the globe whom made the trip to Africa in order to watch their national teams.
R Kelly is another artist that will be performing tonight, as he wrote not the official song, but the official anthem of the World Cup called “Sign of a victory” and if such musical work is as good as “I believe I can Fly” (another sports-themed song he created), then the people at Orlando Stadium and the internet viewers whom will be watching the streaming video of the concert are in for a treat.
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