Esther Mahlangu & John Legend
Esther Mahlangu & John Legend

John Legend and Belvedere Vodka join forces to fight Aids

By Staff reporter Time of article published Sep 1, 2016

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Belvedere Vodka launched their (Belvedere)Red campaign, #MakeTheDifference, in partnership with music artist John Legend.

John Legend, a passionate philanthropist and a visionary creative, brings his soulful artistic style to the (Belvedere)Red campaign, curating a unique program to Make The Difference. Together with Belvedere, he established the values that serve as the foundation of the campaign: unity, security, support and change. These four values embody the collective sentiment for all those joining the fight against HIV/AIDS.

To bring these powerful tenets to life, John Legend collaborated with Esther Mahlangu, a celebrated Ndebele artist from South Africa, whose vibrant and powerful artwork will be seen throughout the #MakeTheDifference campaign.


In support of the (Belvedere)Red campaign, John Legend is featuring his new single “Love Me Now”. The anthem main theme encourages people to love now and give now due to the uncertainty of tomorrow.


“I’ve always enjoyed working with (Red). When Belvedere presented this opportunity to help support a product that I would already buy and that was going to help save lives, I thought it was a great idea.” says John Legend. “I was so excited when I saw Esther’s design for the bottle: I think it’s beautiful and it marries her esthetic with the esthetic of Belvedere, it connects it to the culture and to the people we’re trying to help.”

People can support (Belvedere)Red by giving - or keeping - the new (Belvedere)Red limited edition bottle, featuring Esther Mahlangu’s colourful artwork alongside John Legend’s signature. Available from September at select retailers around the world, Belvedere proudly donates 50% of its profits from every bottle sold to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

To kick off the #MakeTheDifference campaign, Belvedere hosted its first ‘One Night for Life’ benefit in New York City at the world’s famous Apollo Theater, in presence of John Legend and Esther Mahlangu. Belvedere’s program will continue with a global advertising campaign, strong digital activations and targeted efforts in on premise establishments as well as retail stores in over 35 countries.

As a proud partner of (Red), Belvedere has– over the past five years – raised enough money to provide 30,000 HIV-positive women with access to life-saving ARV treatment that stops the transmission of HIV to their babies. We are closer than ever to seeing the first AIDS-Free Generation.

IOL adapted press release

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