Mandela Concert

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By: mandela,concert
A flock of global entertainment notables and politicos have toasted Nelson Mandela

Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela arrives at a hotel in central London, Monday, June 23, 2008. Mandela arrived in London Monday for a week of events to celebrate his 90th birthday, including an outdoor concert in his honor at Hyde Park on Friday with Proceeds going to his 46664 charity.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

NEW YORK -- A flock of global entertainment notables and politicos have toasted Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday with an all-star concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The Saturday night tribute celebrated the South African anti-apartheid icon with a diverse collection of musical collaborations that ranged from pop to disco to gospel.

The first lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, sang as her husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, sat in the audience.

Other performers included Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Gloria Gaynor, Stevie Wonder, Jesse McCartney and Queen Latifah.

Mandela appeared last year for a concert in London's Hyde Park to celebrate his 90th birthday.

But since then, Mandela's doctors advised that he no longer travel internationally.


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