WHAT IS KEEP THE PROMISE
Keep the Promise (KTP) 2016 is an empowering advocacy platform organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, partners, and CSOs to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS. After 15 years the International AIDS Conference (IAC) returns to South Africa. Keep the Promise events will kick off prior to the IAC, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Durban, South Africa.
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AMAZING ALL STAR LINEUP
Academy Award-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and continued success at the box office. Prior to acting, COMMON rose to prominence as one of hip hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists. He has recorded 10 studio albums and garnered multiple Grammy Awards. His most recent album Nobody’s Smiling was released on Def Jam/Atrium Records. The Album debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart. Nobody’s Smiling was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, as well as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his song ‘Blak Majik’ featuring Jhené Aiko. COMMON is currently working on his next anticipated album. Whether inspiring audiences through music, movies, television, books or his foundation, COMMON continues to break new ground, and remains to be one of hip-hop’s most innovative, positive voices.
Queen Latifah: musician; television and film actress; a label president; an author and entrepreneur. Blessed with style and substance, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate. Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood in recent years, and became the first hip hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She received rave reviews, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago. Queen Latifah is also one of music’s most well respected rappers. From her ground breaking 1989 debut All Hail the Queen, which set the visual and contextual standard for female rappers, to her bold foray into R&B, Latifah continues to define what a woman in the music industry should be. She has earned six Grammy nominations as well as a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance.
Mi Casa is a house band based in Johannesburg, South Africa and consisting of 3 members, Dr. Duda (producer) and pianist, J'Something (vocalist and guitarist), and Mo-T (trumpeter). The band was formed in early 2011 in Johannesburg when all three future members were at a night lounge and decided to perform together. A few months later, they released an album titled Micasa Music, which "went gold" quickly and won several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012.
BIG NUZ is a highly successful, Durban-based kwaito group consisting three highly talented members. They fall under the Afrotainment record label ran by the artist extraordinaire and entrepreneur DJ Tira. Through perseverance and hard work, their never-say-die attitude and love for their art keeps them current and part of the popular culture of South African youth. Their passions include inspiring disadvantaged youth to not give up on their dreams and take a page out of their book; inspiring youth to be active citizens; and finally to fly the South African flag high and expose the rest of the world to a different genre of our music. BIG NUZ is a fun-loving, passionate group of individuals who thoroughly enjoy interacting with their many adoring fans.
B Flow is a Zambian Dance hall Artist, Social Justice Advocate, Part Time Radio Presenter, Peer Educator and Owner of Chant-It-On Music & Media is also the current Chairperson of the HIV/AIDS and Social Commentary (HASC) committee of the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM).The stage name B Flow was inspired by numerous praises from people who loved his 'flow’.
When Tebogo Thekiso, aka ProVerb started rapping in 1999 all he wanted to do was sound cool and be better than the next rapper on the scene, little did he know that he had sparked the flame to a fire that would engulf the whole of SA and other parts of the mother continent. 9 years and 3 albums later, ProVerb has built himself a career in the world of entertainment with his ability to craft pictures, dreams and emotions with words as the driving force. One of the very few rappers who don’t use vulgar language in their rhymes, Verb has that widespread appeal to audiences old and young. In 2004 he released his official debut album, The Book of ProVerb, through independent record label Outrageous Records.This album featured the massive singles ‘I have a dream’, ‘Microphone Sweet Home’ and ‘Heart Beat’. Verb has finally dropped his much anticipated third album Write of Passage, his second major release through Gallo. This album boasts Verb’s largest amounts of collaborations to date including HHP, Maggz, Mode9, Morale, Ferdy (Urban Reign), Tamarsha, TeePee, Clu and others. Notable producers include Ameen, IV League, Leo Large, Top Shayela, Don Juan (Octave Couplet) and introduces hot new beat-maker Raven MC – who will blow you away with his DJ Premier style of beats on the songs ‘Tryna Get It’, ‘Hip Hop’ and ‘ProMode’. ProVerb is a true African star that has shown his potential as an artist and a brand that manages to appeal to a wide audience. His work ethic and creativity will see him grow to new heights where he can set the standard on how local and even international artists handle their careers as entertainers and as socially responsible citizens.
Ayanda-Allie Paine is an accomplished media professional with a wealth of experience across various platforms including online media, print, radio and television. Her versatility has seen her successfully take on roles such as Advertising Coordinator and Content Producer at Now Media, Radio Announcer and News Reporter at Talk Radio 702 and News Anchor at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). Armed with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Science and over 10 years in the media industry, Ayanda excelled as a Producer and Presenter for SABC 2’s flagship breakfast show: Morning Live. She currently inspires South Africans as the host of television talk show Visionaries Lounge and engages thought leaders as a co-anchor of Power Breakfast on Power FM. Ayanda is more than just a media personality, she is also the Chief Executive Officer of Shekinah Media and a sought after Programme Director, Master of Ceremonies and Debate Facilitator. Over and above her work in broadcasting, the mother of four is a Development Practitioner and the Founder of youth empowerment entity: Bukho Bami Youth Centre.
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