San Francisco, USA – Thursday, June 5, 2003, famed rock guitarist Carlos Santana pledged the profits of his 2003 Shaman tour to fight AIDS. The 23-show Shaman tour is estimated to bring in between 2.5 and 3 million dollars to the cause.
On hand at the announcement were South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Santana’s wife Deborah Santana, who along with her husband are devoted to several charitable causes.The former anti-apartheid group Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) will be the group responsible for issuing the funds from the tour to several grassroots groups working to battle AIDS, which has plagued Africa in recent years. ANSA looks to this generous donation as means to fight against the disease with 42 million HIV/AIDS victims worldwide and 5 million victims in South Africa alone.
Aside from Nobel Peace Prize-winning Desmond Tutu, actress Alfre Woodard and actor Samuel L. Jackson were in attendance at the announcement of the pledge.