AIDS charity concert for Robben Island February 2

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three internationally acclaimed musicians have written a song in tribute of former South African President Nelson Mandela, which they plan to play on Robben Island.
U2 rock star Bono, Dave Stewart, of The Eurythmics, and Joe Strummer have called their song "48864" after the number Mandela wore as a prisoner of the apartheid regime.
The trio will play the new song at 2 February AIDS benefit concert on Robben Island where Mandela and many of South Africa's liberation heroes were incarcerated.
The concert will be televised around the world, and organisers are planning to raise millions of dollars to fight AIDS which continues to cause havoc in Africa.
Other musicians scheduled to perform at the historic concert include Queen, Macy Gray, Nelly Furtado, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Clegg and Youssou Ndour.
Yusuf Islam, the former pop star who became a household name as Cat Stevens in the 1970s, will make his first public appearance in three decades at the concert.
Other artists invited to perform are Michael Jackson, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Janet Jackson, but they have yet to confirm their attendance.
A maximum of 2,500 tickets will be distributed for the event but a second concert will be held in a 40,000-seater Cape Town football stadium.
The concert will be broadcast live on the Internet and television rights to a two-hour concert special are being negotiated, organisers said.
Money from those sales and sponsorships will go toward AIDS charities.

27 december 2002 08:54:00

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