By Myrlia Purcell on
The list of artists signing up for the June 27th 46664 concert in honor of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday just keeps growing. 45,000 tickets are available for the one-day event, which will feature acts such as Eminem, Queen, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Keane, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Mandela says of the event, “London wants to celebrate my birthday and I said I would go if they would raise funds for our charities. So, we have a bargain – I am going to London and they there will host a concert in Hyde Park, which will raise awareness of our continuing work and much needed funds.”
The list of expected performers, as of yesterday, includes
- Leona Lewis
- Amy Winehouse
- Shirley Bassey
- Emmanuel Jal
- Andrea and Sharon Corr
- Eddy Grant
- Simple Minds
- Soweto Gospel Choir
- Kurt Darren
- Johnny Clegg
- The Children Of Agape
- Papa Wemba
- Sipho Mabuse
There will also be numerous unannounced appearances, as several major artists are keeping silent about their involvement in order to take both Mr Mandela and the audience by surprise.
The 46664 campaign got its name from Mandela’s prison number during 18 of his 27 years of incarceration on the notorious Robben Island. The campaign raises awareness about the impact of AIDS, especially in Africa, and promotes effective HIV prevention measures throughout the world.
Those wishing to purchase tickets, which are priced at £65 each, must first register at the concert’s homepage.
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