A second concert benefiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign in the fight against AIDS is set for March 19 at Fancourt in South Africa. The focus of this year's concert will be women and
A second concert benefiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign in the fight against AIDS is set for March 19 at Fancourt in South Africa. The focus of this year's concert will be women and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The show will be headlined by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, joined by former Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers. It will be filmed by South African public broadcaster SABC for transmission across Africa and elsewhere.
Several South African acts and a number of international artists will join the show; the full line-up will be unveiled early in 2005.
The initial 46664 concert took place in Cape Town in November 2003, featuring Peter Gabriel, Bono, Dave Stewart, Beyoncé, Angelique Kidjo and Annnie Lennox. The initiative is named after Mandela's prisoner number.
The 2005 event will take place at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate. Philanthropist Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of business-management software company SAP AG, has given the venue for free and will underwrite the entire cost of the event. All profits from tickets, hospitality, TV rights and merchandising will be donated directly to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in the names of the performing artists.
The 46664 South Africa Concert will be produced by Jim Beach, co-producer with EMI Music Continental Europe president Jean-Francois Cecillon of the 2003 event. That concert was broadcast in several countries and inspired a series of CDs.
46664 was set up in 2003 by Stewart, Bono, May and Taylor. The Nelson Mandela Foundation develops and supports practical programs for the prevention, testing, care and support of those affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.