Peas perform benefit concert in Mexico City


MEXICO CITY -- The Black Eyed Peas have performed a benefit concert in Mexico City to raise money for needy children.

Proceeds from their show at the National Auditorium will fund educational programs for some 1,500 children, said the band, whose albums include "Elephunk" and "Monkey Business."

"It feels good to be able to help the youth because at one point in time we were teenagers that loved getting involved with the arts and there wasn't really that many programs in East L.A., where I'm from," said at a news conference Friday.

He said his mother, a teacher at a California school with a large immigrant population, is proud of his charity work.

"Being in Mexico is special to all of us, being from Southern California," Fergie said. "They call Will a 'blaxican' because he grew up with all Mexican friends and family. Taboo, of course, being of Mexican heritage. My great-grandmother is from Guanajuato (Mexico), and ( just loves the Spanish women, the Mexican women."

Band members said they hope to work with Latino artists such as Shakira, Mana, Joan Sebastian, Alejandro Fernandez, Molotov or Los Tigres del Norte in the future.

They declined to discuss reported talks on a possible collaboration with Mexican pop sensation RBD.