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All-Star Lineup to Perform at S. African AIDS Concert


Irish rock star Bono, Queen guitarist Brian May and singer Beyonce will headline a huge concert in South Africa to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela announced the charity event Tuesday as part of a worldwide campaign against AIDS.

It is scheduled to be held in Cape Town on November 29.

Mr. Mandela says the initiative will be known by the five digits "46664." The numbers represent his prison number during 18 years of imprisonment in South Africa's Robben Island prison.

Mr. Mandela spent a total of 27 years in prison for fighting the former apartheid government.

The 85-year-old statesman says like him, millions of HIV and AIDS patients have also been known as just a number. Mr. Mandela said they, too, are serving a life prison sentence.

The AIDS initiative also includes a telephone campaign to raise money to fight the pandemic. People are being urged to call in so they can hear songs by musicians that have yet to be released.

Callers will be logged as supporting a petition calling on governments to declare a global AIDS emergency.

A compact disc recording and a DVD of the concert are to be released next year.

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