Nelson Mandela launched a worldwide music-led campaign to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa in London on Tuesday.
The initiative is called 46664, Mr Mandela’s prison number while he was kept prisoner in South Africa’s Robben Island jail.
A three-hour concert at Cape Town’s Greenpoint Stadium will take place on November 29. The BBC report Bono will be headlining the show alongside Queen and Beyonce. Mark Fisher and Willie Williams are part of the show’s production team.
A song, 46664 (Long Walk to Freedom), – performed by Bono, Youssou N’Dour, Abdel and Dave Stewart – is released on Tuesday. It will only be available throughout the world via telephone lines, and then on the Web at www.46664.com.
We tried ringing the Dutch number (“Make the call ….. Give one minute of your life to AIDS”. ) as listed at 46664.com, but it was ‘unavailable’.
U.S. editor’s note: The U.S. phone number is functioning properly. You’ll need a credit card to hear the song at $1/minute. It’s worth every penny.