Friday 23 February 2018

Harry invites Lesotho choir to perform alongside Coldplay at charity concert

Prince Harry and Joss Stone watch members of the Basotho Youth Choir
Prince Harry and Joss Stone watch members of the Basotho Youth Choir

Prince Harry has invited a youth choir from Lesotho to perform alongside Coldplay at a concert hosted by his Sentebale charity.

The charity announced that the 12-strong choir, who are aged between seven and 19, will also be joined on Tuesday's bill by Grammy and Brit Award winning artist Joss Stone.

The concert will take place in front of an audience of 3,000 people in the public gardens of Kensington Palace to raise funds and awareness of the challenges faced by teenagers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Also performing will be singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, African-Norwegian duo Nico and Vinz, spoken word artist George the Poet, who is a newly appointed ambassador for the charity, and Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras. Journalist and novelist Tom Bradby will MC the event.

Harry surprised the Basotho Youth Choir by visiting them as they rehearsed at The BRIT School, in Croydon, with singer Stone.

During the visit, the prince was reunited with 16-year-old Relebohile "Mutsu" Potsane, who was just four years old when Harry first met him during his 2004 gap year visit to the country.

The money raised by the concert will go towards Sentebale's monthly Saturday clubs, caregiver days and residential week-long camps delivering psychosocial support to children living with HIV in Lesotho, and soon in Botswana.

The charity was founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 to help victims of poverty and the HIV and Aids epidemic.

Cathy Ferrier, chief executive of Sentebale, said: " The world has committed to ending the Aids epidemic by 2030 but ignorance and misunderstanding continues to undermine those efforts.

"Stigma, discrimination and lack of education about HIV/Aids means young people in Africa are increasingly dying when Aids-related deaths are in decline for all other age groups.

"Together we have an opportunity to end an epidemic that has defined public health for a generation but it won't go away unless we act now. The Sentebale concert is all about bringing people together to make a difference."

For more information visit or follow @Sentebale #SentebaleConcert

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