Details for “Mandela SOS,” the concert at Robben Island to benefit AIDS charities, have been announced.
Bono, Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics), and Joe Strummer (The Clash) will perform a song they wrote together titled “48864” at the February 2 concert Nelson Mandela is sponsoring at his former prison. Stewart, who is musical director for the benefit concert, said the song focuses on Mandela’s courage in speaking out against apartheid. “48864” was Mandela’s prison number during the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Other musicians scheduled to perform at the day-long concert include Queen, Coldplay, Macy Gray, Nelly Furtado, Shaggy, Ludacris, Eve, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Clegg, and Youssou N’dour.
According to concert organizers, 2,500 tickets will be distributed for the event at Robben Island through radio promotions and special invitation. Ned O’Hanlon, the concert’s executive producer, said that a simultaneous concert will be held in a Cape Town stadium, where the Robben Island concert will be projected on a large screen. Several of the musicians will perform at both venues.
The concert will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.mandelasos.com and possibly televised.