DENVER, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The 8th Wonder of the World, a leading
entertainment company formed by Tantra and East West Entertainment, announced
today that global superstar Ricky Martin will be performing at the
international concert series' kickoff event at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India,
February 25, 2006.
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"What is understood across the globe is that children are the future.
What is not understood around the globe is that the future of many developing
countries is in jeopardy due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that affects million of
children worldwide. By raising awareness and funds through the Ricky Martin
Foundation and UNICEF and 8th Wonder of the World benefit concert series, I
want to help protect the future of developing nations and protect the children
of the world from the physical, emotional and social effects of this deadly
pandemic," said Ricky Martin.
Martin, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has long been a strong advocate of
children's rights and protection through his Ricky Martin Foundation. The
non-profit Foundation's mission is to advocate for the well-being of children
around the world in critical areas such as education, health and social
justice. Its flagship "People for Children" initiative was created to educate
and support the international framework for the elimination of child
trafficking, and to influence policy makers in the war against the
exploitation of minors.
The 8th Wonder of the World organization was founded specifically to
increase global awareness for children affected by HIV/AIDS, raising funds for
UNICEF, YouthAIDS, The Ricky Martin Foundation, and other partner charities
through arts and entertainment. Ten concerts are scheduled to take place over
a period of five years at some of the most beautiful natural and man-made
locations in the world.
"We are both delighted and honored that Ricky has agreed to join us at 8th
Wonder of the World's inaugural event at the Taj Mahal in February," said
Farook Singh, co-chairman of 8th Wonder of the World. "Not only is he a
captivating performer, he is a truly committed ambassador who by lending his
support is helping draw attention to the misery visited upon millions of the
world's children by HIV/AIDS."
The concerts, which will be backed by corporate sponsors, will feature
renowned musical artists, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and will be broadcast
Said David DeCamillis, co-chairman of 8th Wonder of the World, "To have
such a monumental event take place at such a historic location with such an
influential star like Ricky Martin, who is not only known for his talent but
his philanthropic work, lends justice to this noble cause."
Following is the complete schedule:
* Taj Mahal - The concert will take place in Agra, India on February 25,
* The Forbidden City - scheduled to take place in Beijing, China on
September 2, 2006.
* Christ The Redeemer - scheduled to take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
on February 10, 2007.
* Parthenon - scheduled to take place in Athens, Greece in September 2007.
* The Great Pyramid - scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt in the
spring of 2008.
* St. Basil's Cathedral - scheduled to take place in Moscow, Russia in the
fall of 2008.
* The Coliseum - scheduled to take place in Rome, Italy early 2009.
* Eiffel Tower - scheduled to take place in Paris, France, in the fall of
* South Africa - scheduled to take place in the spring of 2010.
* Statue of Liberty - closing out the series in New York City, USA, in
About 8th Wonder of the World:
The 8th Wonder of the World Concert Series is a semi-annual HIV/AIDS
benefit that will be hosted at the natural and man-made Wonders of the World.
These star studded events will feature top level international musical talent
with the purpose of increasing world awareness for HIV/AIDS and raising funds
for selected charities. Venues include; the Taj Mahal in Agra, India; the
Forbidden City in Beijing; Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the
Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt; Parthenon in Athens, Greece; St. Basil Red
Square in Moscow, Russia; the Coliseum located in Rome, Italy; and the Eiffel
Tower in Paris, France. For more information visit;
About Ricky Martin:
In a career that spans nearly two decades and includes more than
55 million albums sold, Grammy winner Ricky Martin has earned his place in
entertainment history, forever changing the way the world sees Latin music.
Martin's new English language album, LIFE, was released worldwide on
October 11, 2005 and is his first release since his most recent Spanish
language album (2003), Almas del Silencio (Souls of Silence), which debuted at
#1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and was the highest chart debut on
the Billboard Top 200 (#12) of all Spanish-language albums in the SoundScan
Following the release Ricky embarked on an extensive worldwide tour, which
started with a sold out run in Latin America in November, hits the US in
January and continues around the globe throughout 2006-2007 with expected
attendance in the millions. A devoted philanthropist, and UNICEF Ambassador,
Martin is the founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation.
About Ricky Martin Foundation:
The Ricky Martin Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization
whose funds and programs are directed to serve the common welfare of children
around the world in social areas such as health and education, amongst others.
Financial resources are directed toward the implementation of programs,
especially in geographies characterized by precarious social, economic and
For additional information about the Ricky Martin Foundation, please visit
Contact for 8th Wonder of the World:
5W Public Relations on behalf of 8th Wonder
310-566-7035 office/ 310-597-2337 cell
310-566-7033 office/ 323-251-3567 cell
Contact for Ricky Martin:
Ken Sunshine/ Rondine Alcala on behalf of Ricky Martin
English: Ken Sunshine
Spanish: Rondine Alcala
SOURCE 8th Wonder of the World