International Superstar Ricky Martin Kicks Off 8th Wonder of the World Concert Series With Performance at Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Great Pyramid, Forbidden City Among Other Venues in Concert Series Benefiting

UNICEF's 'Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS' Campaign

Dec 14, 2005, 00:00 ET from 8th Wonder of the World

    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
 political conditions.
     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
     Katy Saeger
     310-566-7035 office/ 310-597-2337 cell
     Peter Epstein
     310-566-7033 office/ 323-251-3567 cell
     Contact for Ricky Martin:
     Ken Sunshine/ Rondine Alcala on behalf of Ricky Martin
     English: Ken Sunshine
     212-691-2800 office
     Spanish: Rondine Alcala
     310-462-1208 office

SOURCE 8th Wonder of the World