Mandela Concert

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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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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    So you encourage apartheid Wolfgang? I bet you are upset that desegregation occured here in the US. Albeit there are numerous problems with the social disorder is SA, but many Afican nations that became indepedent were broke because of centuries of European rule. Maybe if Europe actually invested in their colonies, these nations would have been better off? Or should the US go back and displace all dictators and make them happy countries, just like us?
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    Mandela Concert for what? Some facts about South Africa without apartheid. According to a survey for the period 1998–2000 compiled by the United Nations, South Africa was ranked second for murder and first for assaults and rapes per capita. South Africa also has a bad record for car hijackings when compared to industrialised countries. It is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read. HIV infected in 2005 and the infection rate among adults estimated at 20%. Crime against commercial farmers has continued to be a major problem in the country. Unemployment is extremely high and income inequality is approximately equal to Brazil. Because of the very high crime,and Aids rate S. A. is experiencing a " Brain Drain" and has thus resulted in large white South African communities abroad. I could go on ,but I am running out of characters left. Hey Mendela great job you did after aparthied?
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    Mandela is still the great symbol of anti-apartheid. So are we supposed to look past the achievments of all world leaders and remember the negatives?
  • by DC Location: Kinston on Jul 19, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    Mandela is no hero. Do some research on what he did to those who disagreed with him. Necklacing was one example.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 19, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    The African National Congress (ANC) has been South Africa's governing party, supported by its tripartite alliance with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). The same idiots that voted for Obama will flock to Mandela, one of the biggest Communists ever.
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