Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Josh Groban and TLC will headline “The Mandela Day Celebration,” a tribute concert honoring human rights leader Nelson Mandela, on July 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The event is organized by 46664, Mandela’s campaign for global HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and marks the first time the U.S. will host a Mandela Day concert following successful installments in the UK,South Africa, Spain, and Norway.
Additional artists on the Mandela Day lineup include Cyndi Lauper, Jesse McCartney, Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Chris Chameleon, Freshlyground and Vusi Mahlasela, among others.
Spearheading the tribute is Eurythmics’ founder and producer Dave Stewart, who launched 46664 in 2002 and named the campaign after Mandela’s Robbens Island prison number. Stewart most recently teamed up with U2’s Bono and Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor to organize a 2008 Mandela Day concert at London’s Hyde Park in celebration of the former South African President’s 90th birthday.
This year’s Mandela Day concert will cap off a week-long series of events in Mandela’s honor, including a fundraiser dinner hosted by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. “In return for everything Madiba has taught us, we each owe it to him to support his work and legacy by doing and living our own as best we can, not just on this day, but throughout our entire lives,” Clinton said in a statement.
Tickets for the “46664 – Mandela Day Celebration” concert range from $50 to $350 and are available now at ticketmaster.com.