Queen Latifah and Common coming to SA to support the fight against HIV/AIDS


The award-winning hip-hop and Hollywood stars will visit Durban in July to support the call for sustained global funding to end HIV/AIDS.

After 15 years, the International Aids Conference returns to South Africa this winter. In commemoration of this fact, and to help accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, the non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) brings South Africans the Keep the Promise 2016 (#KTP2016) Rally and March through the Durban CBD on Saturday 16 July 16, followed by a free concert at the city’s Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.

Keep the Promise, also known as KTP2016, is an empowering advocacy platform for those fighting with and against HIV/AIDS. It is an uplifting event that focuses on the need to increase AIDS funding by urges governments and global funding bodies to commit to ending the epidemic.

This year, #KTP2016 will feature acclaimed and multi-talented international artists Queen Latifah and Common. This is the first time Latifah, the Grammy Award-winning rapper, producer and actress best known for her roles in Set it Off, Bringing down the House and Chicago, will be coming to South Africa.

Likewise, Common, the 2015 winner of the Academy Award – alongside John Legend – for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for Glory from the motion picture Selma, will be performing for the first time for a South African audience. Popular local band Mi Casa, Kwaito group Big Nuz and Zambian-born artist B-Flow will also perform live.

Media personalities Proverb and Ayanda-Allie Paine will serve as MCs, and guest keynote speakers will inspire the audience and the world to “keep the promise” to fund research into ending HIV/AIDS.

“I am excited to be part of the Keep The Promise Concert in Durban, South Africa. It’s my first time in South Africa and it feels good to be going for such a great cause.” Queen Latifah

“This will be my first time back in S.A. in over 15 years and I’m excited to support the people of Durban and AHF. This is going to be cool!” Common

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