Amy Winehouse led the finale at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration in London with the anti-apartheid anthem Free Nelson Mandela. The concert raised funds for Mandela’s HIV/Aids charity 46664, which was named after his prison number during the 27 years he spent behind bars for resisting South African apartheid.
As the Seattle Times described the event:
Will Smith charmed the crowd, Amy Winehouse wowed them just by showing up — but Nelson Mandela proved to be the biggest star of all at a concert Friday in honor of the South African statesman’s 90th birthday attended by more than 40,000 music fans in London’s Hyde Park. The concert came 20 years after a birthday concert for anti-apartheid activist Mandela while he was imprisoned in South Africa. He told Friday’s crowd that the previous concert made a big difference in his eventual release after 27 years behind bars and helped dismantle the racist system in the early 1990s.
Will Smith quoted singer Peter Gabriel as once saying: “If the world could only have one father, the man that we would choose to be our father would be Nelson Mandela.” Read more on BBC News; see more concert photos.
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