FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COCA-COLA EBONY FESTIVAL COMMITTED TO A NEW VISION OF
UNAIDS, Stevie Wonder; Youssou N’Dour to Participate in Event
Washington, DC, March 22, 2004 — The Coca-Cola Ebony Festival to be held in Dakar, Senegal will celebrate the hope, spirit and cultures of the African people despite a plethora of crises threatening Africa. The three-day festival, which takes place June 4-6, 2004 on Goree Island, will launch a global movement calling Africans—and the rest of the world—to actively participate in renewing their commitment to the continent and her future. The festival will feature concerts, including performances by renowned African and international artists such as Jimmy Cliff; Angelique Kidjo; Youssou N'Dour; Miriam Makeba; MC Solaar; Stevie Wonder; and Tracy Chapman. Events at the festival will include an exhibition of art and design, as well as a celebrity football match including players from the Senegalese national football team.
“Coca-Cola has been supporting music, culture and
sport alongside a wide range of community activities across the African
continent for many years,” explains Alex Cummings, President, Coca-Cola Africa. “The Ebony Festival epitomises these
activities and the values which we believe are fundamental to
With the world constantly being inundated with
images of what is wrong with
The festival maintains extensive media partnerships that will promote the event to millions of viewers worldwide. Television and radio partners include Canal France International, which will broadcast the festival live to over 40 African national television stations, in addition to coverage through TV5, Trace TV & Magazine, MTV Base, Radio France and others.
“We want the world to know that there is
more than charity and pity for
to be proud and amazed by Africans,” says Seynabou Sy, co-executive producer of the festival.
Coca-Cola executives from around the
world, the African diplomatic corps and industry professionals and dignitaries will gather on
Coca-Cola Africa is
Tumba International Limited, founded by Mya Padmore and Seynabou Sy, was created to manage and produce the Ebony Festival. The Coca-Cola Ebony Festival is the premiere event with plans to produce additional festivals every two years.
For more information on the Coca-Cola Ebony Festival, visit www.ebonyfestival.com
Olufunke Adebonojo, Ebony Festival
Serigne M'Backe Dieng, Coca-Cola North & West Africa
011 212 (0) 22 435 100