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BLK JKS to play FIFA World Cup

on March 25, 2010, 2:30pm

If you thought soccer was just another reason to turn your TV off, think again.

South Africa’s very own BLK JKS will be playing the first-ever World Cup kickoff celebration concert on June 10 in the storied Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa.

The 13-artist bill also includes other African artists like Tinariwen, as well as American acts Alicia Keys, John Legend, and The Black Eyed Peas. Tickets for the concert range from $61-190. Broadcast details have not been announced, but the concert takes place at 1 p.m. EST. (8p.m. in South Africa)

The township of Soweto is South Africa’s largest township, and the hometown of bassist, Tshepang Ramoba, and guitarist Mpumi Mcata.  The crowd at the newly renovated stadium, which has 30,000 seats, will presumably be the largest the band has ever played to in their home country.

In a recent interview, Ramoba expressed gratitude to home crowds that embraced the bands music instead of criticizing them saying that, “In Soweto, if they don’t like you, they don’t like you. They’ll throw bottles.”

Kevin Wall is producing the affair. Wall’s company, Control Room, produced 2007’s critically un-acclaimed Live Earth concerts. All proceeds from the show are being donated to “20 Centres for 2010,” which aims to help disadvantaged communities in the host country by providing education, healthcare, and soccer training.

BLK JKS’ 2009 album, After Robots, has been nominated for two South African Music Awards, including Best Album.

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