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    Carlos Santana Pledges Funds to Fight AIDS

    Carlos Santana Pledges Funds to Fight AIDS

    Thu June 5, 2003 05:50 PM ET

    By Sue Zeidler
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock guitarist Carlos Santana on Thursday pledged the proceeds of his summer tour -- estimated at up to $3 million -- to battling AIDS as South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu predicted the disease may prove more devastating to his country than the scourge of apartheid.

    "Join us in spreading a spiritual virus -- a masterpiece of joy on this planet," said Santana, joined by his wife, Deborah Santana and Tutu, in announcing the gesture, which is expected to raise an estimated $2.5 to $3 million.

    Proceeds of the 2003 U.S. Shaman Tour, consisting of 23 concert shows, will go to the Artists for A New South Africa, a group formed in the late 1980s to support the economic sanctions aimed at toppling South Africa's then white-ruled apartheid regime.

    Representatives of the group, including actress Alfre Woodard and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Tutu, joined Santana in announcing the pledge on Thursday.

    "We had a scourge ... and it was apartheid. We defeated it," said Tutu at the conference in Beverly Hills.

    "But now we have another scourge. It is a disease, HIV/AIDS, which in fact may succeed where apartheid failed. If we don't fight HIV, it might decimate our people," he said.

    Artists for A New South Africa (ANSA) has lately turned its focus to supporting organizations fighting AIDS on the front lines in South Africa as the disease has reached pandemic proportions in the region.

    Currently, there are over 42 million people living with either HIV or AIDS worldwide, including 29 million in sub-Saharan Africa.

    "There are parts of the region where the only booming business is the undertaking business," said LaTanya Richardson Jackson, a member of ANSA's board of directors.

    According to the group, South Africa is home to more individuals living with either HIV or AIDS, over 5 million people, than any other country.

    Each day, 1,600 South Africans become infected and 600 more lose their lives from AIDS-related illnesses.

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    I know no one's commented on this yet. But I just wanted to mention how amazed and happy I am for Carlos Santana, donating the ENTIRE PROCEEDS from his summer tour (23 venues) to this important cause.

    That's $2-3 million that would go into his pocket, but instead he's playing the whole summer for free.

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