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.
Author: TJ Nelson
TJ Nelson is a regular CD reviewer and editor at World Music Central. She is also a fiction writer. Check out her latest book, Chasing Athena’s Shadow.
Set in Pineboro, North Carolina, Chasing Athena’s Shadow follows the adventures of Grace, an adult literacy teacher, as she seeks to solve a long forgotten family mystery. Her charmingly dysfunctional family is of little help in her quest. Along with her best friends, an attractive Mexican teacher and an amiable gay chef, Grace must find the one fading memory that holds the key to why Grace’s great-grandmother, Athena, shot her husband on the courthouse steps in 1931.
Traversing the line between the Old South and New South, Grace will have to dig into the past to uncover Athena’s true crime.