Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Juanes and Shakira are among the artists performing at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert to kick off the FIFA World Cup in South Africa
ESPN 2 will cover the event live on Thursday, June 10 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, while a specially-produced highlight presentation of the concert will air in primetime on ABC, Friday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The concert at 30,000-seat Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg will also feature popular African artists, including Amadou & Mariam, Angélique Kidjo, BLK JKS, K’Naan, Lira, Mzansi Youth Choir, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré and Vusi Mahlasela.
Sal Masekela, ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup human interest reporter and the co-host of The Daily 10 on E!, will be the on-site host of ESPN2’s presentation of the concert. Sal’s father, legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, will also perform during the concert, as will the Soweto Gospel Choir, each of whom have made special musical contributions to enhance ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the World Cup.