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United Kingdom: Rockers Queen to Headline Mandela AIDS Concert

May 9, 2008

Next month in London, organizers will hold the "46664 Concert Honoring Nelson Mandela at 90." The Hyde Park event is being held to benefit the former South African president's 46664 campaign against HIV/AIDS. Mandela, now retired from public life, will make a rare appearance at the June 27 concert.

The 46664 campaign is named after Mandela's identification number during his 27 years as a political prisoner under South Africa's apartheid regime. Mandela announced the concert at the unveiling of his statue in London last August. "You all know that I am supposed to be retired," he said at the time. "But my friends and the charitable organizations that bear my name want to use my 90th birthday year to raise funds to continue our work and so, of course I want to help them."

The rock groups Queen, Simple Minds, and Razorlight will top the bill. Other artists include Annie Lennox, Shirley Bassey, Andrea and Sharon Corr, Leona Lewis, the Sugababes, Eddy Grant, Jamelia, and Zucchero.

Former US President Bill Clinton, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Oprah Winfrey, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, and actors Robert de Niro, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker are expected to attend events being held for three days leading up the concert.

Tickets for the concert cost $128 each.

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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