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7 May 2009

Returns To South Africa to perform
at IPL showcase Finals

Despite some disappointing form from most of the British big names connected with the IPL cricketing spectacular, one British legend is guaranteed a place at both semi-finals and the final itself! Eddy Grant is confirmed to perform at all three matches [semis on 22nd and 23rd May and the final on the 24th May]. Eddy and his entirely South African band will be performing 'Gimme Hope Jo\'anna' ? the global conscience-pricking political hit inspired by the apartheid regime - plus other mega-hits before the start of play, during at the teams' changeover and at the end of each match. As a huge cricket fan, Eddy is delighted that he won't miss any of the action.

Says Lalit Modi, Chairman and Commissioner of the DLF IPL: "The DLF IPL is thrilled that Eddy Grant has agreed to perform at the tournament's semi-finals and finals. The final stages of the 2009 tournament are set to be truly spectacular with not only close cricket contests, but excitement and entertainment of the highest order.

"We're certain that the crowds packing the stadiums will give Eddy the warmest welcome. And, as his recent tour to South Africa showed, Eddy has a tremendous following in the country that goes back many years to the role played by his iconic hit "Joanna" in providing a cultural banner for many in the anti-apartheid struggle. Of course, we're also confident that, as a cricket fan, Eddy will enjoy his visits to the game as much as we'll enjoy his performances!"

Eddy Grant himself added, "It is with the greatest of excitement and honour that I have accepted this opportunity to play and present my music at the IPL Semi-Final and Final being held in South Africa. While of course this year\'s event is not being held in India due to security considerations, I think that South Africa will acquit itself very well as host of this very visionary event.

"My relationship with South Africa, of course goes quite a long way back. Now, together with my Frontline Orchestra who hail from various parts of that great country, it is my hope that through this extension to the classic game of cricket, many bonds will be created between cricket fans and those arriving at the game at this time and format. Whichever team \'wins\', hopefully, cricket will be the ultimate \'winner\' and the world, by virtue of today\'s technology will be supremely entertained at a time when it seems that we most need to be."

The IPL event represents the pinnacle of the sport so it is only appropriate that they have chosen a world class performer to provide the soundtrack to the finale.

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