STEVIE WONDER, ALICIA KEYS, WILL.I.AM, T-PAIN, JESSE CLEGG, GLORIA GAYNOR AND SPECIAL GUEST WHOOPI GOLDBERG
TO JOIN THE MANDELA DAY CONCERT LINEUP
Additional performers will join Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Forest Whitaker, Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Dave Stewart, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Josh Groban, Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Jesse McCartney, Zucchero, the Soweto Gospel Choir and a host of African artists to help kick-off the first Mandela Day Celebration
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June 17, 2009 (New York, NY) – 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation today announced that Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Will.i.am, T-Pain, Gloria Gaynor, and musician Jesse Clegg will join the lineup of artists performing at the Mandela Day concert celebration on July 18th. Whoopi Goldberg will appear as a special guestduring the star-studded event, which also marks Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday. The concert originally announced for Madison Square Garden will now be held at historic Radio City Music Hall.
The additional performers will join Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Dave Stewart, Josh Groban and Jesse McCartney, along with Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Chris Chameleon, Freshlyground, Emmanuel Jal, Loyiso, Sipho Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai, Suzanna Owiyo and many more.
Further invited guests include France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Italy’s Zucchero. Hollywood legends and 46664 supporters Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Forest Whitaker, Susan Sarandon and many others will also be in attendance.
“We are so grateful to Madison Square Garden for making their iconic Radio City Music Hall available to us,” said Tim Massey International Director of 46664. “We can think of no better home for the launch of Mandela Day than the venue that has a long history of hosting events that give back to the community, such as Comic Relief, VH1’s Save the Music and Time’s 75th Anniversary.”
The concert has been made possible by the continuing support of Zain, a leading mobile telecommunications company that has 24 operations across Africa and the Middle East, who were also one of the main sponsors of the London 90th birthday celebrations.
“Mr. Mandela is an iconic statesman whose sacrifice and leadership has had an enormous impact on humanity. Honoring him by raising funds for his foundation is in line with Zain’s global ambitions and corporate social responsibility philosophy,”said Dr. Saad Al Barrak, CEO of Zain.
The concert is the culmination of a week-long series of events in New York City in celebration of the first-ever Mandela Day, designed as a call around the world for people to honor Nelson Mandela’s inspiration and values. The activities include a Ralph Applebaum designed exhibition of Mr. Mandela’s life and the work of his many 46664 ambassadors, as well as a gala fundraising dinner, both at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.
Mr. Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years since he actively became involved in campaigning for the human rights of every South African and now ‘Mandela Day’ calls upon each of us to give 67 minutes of our time to helping others, with the idea that each individual has the ability to make an imprint and make the world a better place.
‘46664 – Mandela Day Celebration’ Radio City Music Hall concert tickets prices range from $75-$500, with VIP packages available. All tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com, livenation.com, thegarden.com and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For VIP packages visit ticketmaster.com.
For photos, footage, EPK and more information visit www.MandelaDay.com.