Franz Ferdinand, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Simply Red's Mick Hucknall will perform at a United Nations-sponsored concert next month to benefit the people of Sudan's war-torn Darfur province.

Franz Ferdinand, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Simply Red's Mick Hucknall will perform at a United Nations-sponsored concert next month to benefit the people of Sudan's war-torn Darfur province.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the Dec. 8 Refugee Voices for Darfur concert at London's Royal Albert Hall would feature singers, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, performing the songs of Cole Porter.

U.S. soprano Barbara Hendricks, disco diva Jocelyn Brown, singer Andrew Coleman and British R&B newcomer Lemar also will perform. Franz Ferdinand will play by video link from Mexico City in the midst of a brief North American tour.

Proceeds from the concert will aid refugees who have fled their homes in Darfur during 21 months of violence. International officials say tens of thousands of people have been killed and 1.8 million forced from their homes.


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