In response to the catastrophic AIDS pandemic in Africa, Carlos and Deborah Santana are donating the entire net proceeds from Santana’s summer 2003 U.S. Shaman Tour, June 13 to July 14, to benefit Artists For A New South Africa’s (ANSA) Amandla Aids Fund supporting South African organizations battling AIDS on the frontlines. The initiative will also educate people about the crisis as well as announcing ANSA’s call to action to the South African government.
This marks the first time an artist has donated the entire net proceeds from an extended concert tour to charity. Each stop on the Shaman Tour itinerary will have tables with information on ANSA and AIDS, and in some cities, noted ANSA artists will speak to the audience from the stage. In Mansfield, MA on June 25 and Los Angeles, CA on July 14, there will be Golden Circle fundraisers, offering VIP tickets and receptions with the performers.
The Santana/ANSA initiative will be presented in detail at a June 5, 10AM press conference at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. In support of this historic call to action, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu will make a special trip to Los Angeles to participate. The Santanas hope that this event and their partnership with ANSA will spur increased global attention on and humanitarian response to the escalating African AIDS crisis. ANSA Founders, board members, supporters and others expected to take part on June 5 are: Alfre Woodard, CCH Pounder, Blair Underwood, Alexandra Paul, Robert Guillaume (who lost a son to AIDS), Donna Brown Guillaume, Arista president and CEO Antonio “LA” Reid, CAA managing partner Rob Light, and ANSA board president and executive director Sharon Gelman.
Clear Channel Entertainment is promoting the majority of the tour. Angelique Kidjois the opening act.
2003 Shaman tour itinerary
June 13 Raleigh, NC ALLTEL Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
June 14 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
June 15 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
June 17 Hartford, CT Ctnow.com Meadows Music Center
June 18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 20-21 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
June 22 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 24 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
June 25 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
June 27 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain Performing Arts
June 28 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 29 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Molson Amphitheatre
July 1 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 2 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheater
July 4 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
July 5 Tinley Park, IL Tweeter Center
July 6 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
July 8 Englewood, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
July 11 Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion at Concord
July 12 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 13 Chula Vista, CA Coors Amphitheater
July 14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl