Santana to Raise AIDS Funds During Tour
Tour Will Raise Funds to Fight AIDS in Africa
June 6 (AP) —
Carlos Santana, whose upcoming U.S. concert tour will raise funds to fight AIDS in Africa, has invited fans to join him in "spreading a spiritual virus."
Santana said he hopes to raise between $2.5 million and $3 million during his "Shaman" tour, which begins June 13 in Raleigh, N.C., and ends in Los Angeles on July 14. Net proceeds will go to the Artists for a New South Africa fund, which supports South African groups fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS.
"We invite you to join us in spreading a spiritual virus," the 55-year-old Grammy-winning guitarist told a press conference Thursday attended by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "We invite you to create a masterpiece of joy on this planet."
AIDS awareness booths will be set up at the concerts to provide information to fans.
Tutu and celebrities including Samuel Jackson, Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood praised Santana and his wife, Deborah, for supporting the cause.
"Apartheid tried to destroy our people and apartheid failed," Tutu said. "If we don't act against HIV-AIDS it may succeed, for it is already decimating our population."
More than 42 million people around the world have HIV and 29 million of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the artists group, 600 people die from AIDS every day in South Africa and 1,600 contract HIV.
Santana won eight Grammys for his "Supernatural" album