Gabriel, Islam Join Mandela AIDS Concert
Peter Gabriel and Yusef Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) have joined the lineup for the 46664 AIDS awareness concert organized by Nelson Mandela.Peter Gabriel and Yusef Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) have joined the lineup for the 46664 AIDS awareness concert organized by Nelson Mandela. As previously reported, the Nov. 29 event at Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, will also feature performances by Beyoncé, Bono, Moloko, Anastacia, Queen and the Eurythmics.
Other recent additions to the lineup include Paul Oakenfold, the Corrs, Zucchero, Ms. Dynamite and Jimmy Cliff.
The concert's 46664 title alludes to Mandela's prison number during his 18 years on Robben Island in Cape Town. Subtitled "Give 1 Minute of Your Life to Stop AIDS," the show will also feature African artists Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo and Youssou N'Dour, and South Africa's own Johnny Clegg, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bongo Maffin and Danny K.
An audience of 40,000 is expected to attend the concert, which will be Webcast live via 46664.com and broadcast live on South Africa's national broadcaster, the SABC. The European Broadcasting Union will distribute the program to 71 member broadcasters in 28 countries and the BBC World Service will air the concert as a special radio broadcast in 13 languages, while It will premiere on MTV channels globally on World Aids Day (Dec. 1). The show will also be released on CD and DVD.
The concert's Web site is selling downloads of exclusive singles related to the concert. Four tracks are currently available: Paul McCartney and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart's "Whole Life"; Anastacia, Stewart and Queen's "Amandala"; Jimmy Cliff and Sting's "People"; and "46664," recorded by Stewart, Bono and N'Dour. Each download costs $1.99.