Bono, British Artists Write Song Honoring Mandela To Be Performed at February Concert Benefiting HIV/AIDS Organizations
Irish rock star Bono and British musicians Joe Strummer of the Clash and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics have written a song honoring former South African President Nelson Mandela to be performed at "Mandela SOS," a Feb. 2 benefit concert to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Reuters reports. The song is titled "48864" in honor of Mandela's prison number when he was jailed for 18 years on Robben Island -- where the concert will be held -- for speaking out against apartheid. The concert will be broadcast worldwide, with funds raised going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, UNAIDS, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Robben Island Museum. The concert, which will be able to be viewed live at Cape Town's Greenpoint Stadium, which holds 35,000 people, will also feature performances by Shaggy, Queen, Macy Gray, Nelly Furtado, Jimmy Cliff, Coldplay, Ludacris, Deborah Cox and South African artists, including Johnny Clegg (Nkuta, Reuters, 12/19).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.