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Black Eyed Peas plan South Africa benefit

Group formed charitable foundation following 2004 visit to region
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Black Eyed Peas, inspired by a 2004 trip to South Africa, will headline a benefit concert next month in Johannesburg to raise awareness for their charity foundation in the region.

The Grammy-winning hip-hop group announced Monday it will perform alongside South African artists and dancers on May 28 at Johannesburg Stadium. It is the first major event for the Peapod Foundation, formed by the group in association with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

"Two years ago we played to commemorate 10 Years of Freedom in South Africa and I made a promise that we would return to give a free show for the people who may never have the chance to get down and celebrate with the Black Eyed Peas, in the true spirit of the Peapod," group member said in a statement Monday.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday starting April 26 at 8 a.m. through a South Africa-based text-messaging system. Proceeds from each text message will benefit the Adopt-a-School program.