Richard Miller, Sentebale’s chief executive, said of the evening: “We’re delighted that Prince Seeiso and some of our advocacy champions will be joining some of the biggest global performers to help Sentebale deliver a sustainable, quality programme for children and young people affected by HIV, enabling them to lead healthy, happy and productive lives.”
Among the other acts that performed were INALA, a Zulu ballet created by award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin and featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir, and Morena Leraba – a musician and shepherd from Lesotho who fuses traditional Famo music with western influences from rock to reggae.
The choir B Positive, who were Britain’s Got Talent finalists in 2018, thoroughly entertained the audience of 3,000, as did Prince Seeiso and two of Sentebale’s Let Youth Lead advocates from Lesotho and Botswana, Rethabile Sereba and Sekgabo Seselamarumo.
The duke staged his annual fundraising polo match in aid of Sentable last month and helped his side emphatically beat their opponents in Rome.
Harry and Seeiso said in their foreword to the official match programme: “There has been great progress made worldwide in combating the Aids epidemic but HIV remains one of the leading causes of death for adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Three out of four new HIV infections in 15 to 19-year-olds are among young women.
“Stigma is a major factor preventing young people knowing their HIV status and accessing life-saving treatment and care.
“Since 2006 we have been working hard to deliver programmes that help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and more recently Malawi get the support they need.”