Mos Def Headlining Act For 8th Annual Black August Concert

Actor and Hip Hop artist Mos Def will join in with other A-List artists as a headliner for the 8th Annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert in New York in August.

The show is the largest annual Hip Hop benefit concert and the proceeds will go towards benefiting HIV/AIDS awareness in Africa and within the Hip hop community.

“Black August consistently bridges the gap between Hip Hop communities all over the Diaspora and the world,” Mos Def said. “The rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Hip Hop community is a serious issue and I am proud to be a part of Black August’s efforts to help bring awareness to it.”

In the same month, the rapper is set to release his last solo album with Geffen Records, with plans to focus on his acting career.

The concert takes place on August 7th at the legendary B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square, and will also feature events in Arusha and Dar El Salaam, Tanzania in East Africa.

Previous Black August headliners have included Common, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu and others.

Tickets for the Black August concert go on sale through Ticketmaster in July 2005.