World artists join Nelson Mandela's HIV/AIDS concert

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Organisers of Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV/AIDS Benefit Concert said on Wednesday that Cape Town's favourite marimba and percussion band, Amampondo, will join the line-up of international musicians during the Saturday event.
Amampondo will perform with Paul Oakenfold, the internationally renowned DJ-producer-remixer.
Oakenfold, who has performed with acclaimed musicians Madonna, Snoop Doggy Dogg, U2 and many more, will provide the drumbeat to get the audience to "feel the spirit of Africa.
" Also getting into the spirit of Africa will be Queen, who will provide African rhythms and beats to "We Will Rock You!" Other musical stars to perform at the concert include Bono, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, The Eurythmics, Youssou N'Dour, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Anastacia, Baaba Maal, Beyonce, the Corrs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ms Dynamite, Moloko and others.
The concert is the culmination of the 46664 campaign -- "Give one minute of your life to Stop AIDS" -- that Mandela, who has given his prison number 46664 to the campaign, launched in October in London.
Mandela allowed the use of his prison number on Robben Island because he believes AIDS victims also serve a sentence with stigma.
He hopes the campaign will influence international government leaders to step up their fight against the global plague to emergency status and deliver antiretrovirals to three million people by 2005.
A 46664 CD and DVD of the concert are planned for release early next year.

26 november 2003 16:48:00




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