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Nelson Mandela birthday concert: Queen and Simple Minds on bill

Nelson Mandela

Story by Jack Foley

QUEEN, Razorlight and Simple Minds are among the acts that will appear at the concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park this June (2008).

They will be joined by Leona Lewis, Annie Lennox, Dame Shirley Bassey and the Soweto Gospel Choir on June 27 for the celebration, which also seeks to raise funds for Mandela’s Aids charity, 46664.

In what promises to be a very special occasion, the former South African president will also travel to London for the event, which could well rival the likes of Live Earth and The Concert For Diana in terms of international prominence.

Although further big names have still to be announced, there will also be performances by Sugababes, Andrea and Sharon Corr, Eddy Grant, Italian star Zucchero and Spanish group Amaral.

British-born, South African-based pop star Johnny Clegg will also perform on the day as will a number of African acts, including Sipho Mabuse, Loyiso, Papa Wemba and Emmanuel Jal.

There will also be an appearance by The Children of Agape, a choir of Aids orphans who were the subject of the film We Are Together

The Hyde Park showpiece will host a crowd of 46,664, which marks Mr Mandela’s old prison number as well as the name of his Aids charity.

46664 is an African response to the global HIV AIDS epidemic that invites the whole world to take the fight in hand. It aims to raise awareness overall and educate the younger generations in particular.

Tickets go on public sale on Friday (May 9, 2008) ay 9am but anybody who registers on the 46664 website before 6pm BST on Tuesday (May 6) will be able to buy pre-sale tickets from 9am on Wednesday.