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Last Updated: Thursday June 10 2010 07:02 GMT

Stars set for World Cup concert

Shakira dances with schoolkids in Soweto

Shakira, Alicia Keys and The Black Eyed Peas are among the music stars gearing up for a massive concert to celebrate the World Cup kick-off.

About 30,000 fans are set to turn up for the gig in Soweto in South Africa on Thursday evening.

Shakira will perform the official World Cup song Waka Waka. Seventeen other acts will also be on stage, including several African artists.

Millions of people around the world are expected to watch the event.

Showcase

Other artists performing include a South African rock band, a Canadian-Somalian rapper and a youth choir from Soweto.

It's hoped the event will be a chance to showcase African music stars.

Historical

Shakira said: "It is historical for Africa, after being the forgotten continent [and] now being the chosen one for such an amazing event."

On Wednesday, the Colombian star visited a primary school in Soweto and taught kids dance moves to the official World Cup song.

The first World Cup match is on Friday afternoon between hosts South Africa and Mexico.