FREE CONCERT WITH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTS TO BE HELD IN DURBAN.
Great News Durban – renowned international singer and actress Queen Latifah and Common are heading to Durban for a – wait for it… FREE concert!!! This event is part of the Keep the Promise (KTP) 2016 initiative. KTP is an empowering advocacy platform organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, partners, and CSOs to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS. After 15 years the International AIDS Conference (IAC) returns to South Africa. Keep the Promise events will kick off prior to the IAC, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Durban, South Africa.
The KTP events will include a March through the Durban city center and a jam-packed Concert featuring international artists Common and Queen Latifah and South African superstars Mi Casa & Big Nuz along with dignitaries and amazing speakers. KTP 2016 focuses on the need for a strong scale-up of global AIDS funding and calls on governments, global funding bodies and individuals to commit to ending the epidemic.
Other guests who will attend the conference include Charlize Theron, Prince Harry of Wales, and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands.
The conference will be held from July 8 to 22 , coinciding with Nelson Mandela’s birthday and the concert is a build-up to the event.
Common and Queen Latifah were invited by non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation to use their celebrity and their personal interest to help raise awareness about the global fight against HIV/Aids.
In an email interview with the Sunday Tribune Queen Latifah said she was looking forward to visiting Africa for the first time.
“I am so excited to be visiting Africa for the first time – especially South Africa. I’m looking forward to being able to experience the people and the culture in the short time that I’m there. We’re all going to be celebrating for a great cause and the energy is going to be great,” she said.
The actress, whose real name is Dana Owens, said being part of the campaign to raise awareness about HIV/Aids reminded her of a character she played in 2006.
“Back in 2006, I played the role of a woman that was diagnosed with HIV in the movie Life Support. Having to immerse myself in my role, I really got the opportunity to understand how HIV/Aids can change a person’s entire life. It is an issue that truly cannot be ignored, especially because it is a disease that everyone is susceptible to,” said Latifah.
Latifah said she would love to explore Durban. “I hope I get time to visit the Durban beaches. I was told I can’t miss the bunny chow. I think there is no better way to experience a country than by trying the local food,” she said.
Rapper Common, real name Lonnie Lynn, said his family had been affected by HIV and Aids.
“My uncle Charles passed away of Aids. He was someone I was really close to that had been affected by this ugly disease. I believe it is important that we help to end HIV/ Aids and the spread of that disease. Resolve the spread of the disease so people can live a healthy beautiful life,” said Common.
He said he was anticipating eating Durban’s delicious food and learning about Zulu culture.
“I am looking forward to interacting with the people and experiencing the luxury of the beautiful coastal city Durban is. I would love to try some really good fish in South Africa. Great fish is what I’m looking forward to,” he said.
We invite you to support Keep the Promise 2016 and participate with us in this historic event in Durban, South Africa on July 16, 2016. Join us! We’re asking the world to Keep the Promise to fund the HIV/AIDS response!