Africa brings visions of large wild animals and massive jungles; but Africa is also the hardest hit by HIV and AIDS which affects some 30 million people. On November 29 a benefit concert titled 46664 – Nelson Mandela's prisoner number – will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Concert organizers are hoping to have 20 international and 15 African acts for the four hour concert. Artists that have committed to the show are Bono, Beyonce, Moloko, Anastacia, Queen, the Eurythmics, Peter Gabriel, Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul Oakenfold, The Corrs, Zucchero, Ms. Dynamite and Jimmy Cliff. African performers include Baaba Maal, Angilique Kidjo, Johnny Clegg, Ladysmith, Black Mambozo, Bongo Maffin, and Danny K. More artists may be added before concert time.
Approximately 40,000 people are expected to attend the concert. The program is also being aired live on the internet at: www.46664.com. South Africa's SABC, the European Broadcasting Union, and the BBC will offer radio broadcasts of the concert all over the world. MTV will air the show worldwide on World AIDS Day December 1. CD's and DVD's of the concert will also be sold. The website www.46664.com will have exclusive songs for downloading at $1.99 each. A new song will be added each week. There are four songs available for downloading currently.
Writer: Sherrill Fulghum