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The second time that Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island was in 1964, and he was the 466th prisoner that year. His prison number remained 466/64 until 1982, when he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison and given the prison number 220/82. "Prisoner 46664" continues to be used as a reverential title for him. Shortly before Joe Strummer's death, he and U2's Bono co-wrote the song "46664" for Mandela as part of the campaign against AIDS in Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa
On 29 November 2003, an event called the 46664 Concert was held at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. It was hosted by Mandela and its goal was to raise awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The following artists performed:
- Beyoncé Knowles
- Bob Geldof
- Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor)
- Paul Oakenfold with Shifty Shellshock and TC
- Amampondo Drummers
- Baaba Maal
- Youssou N'Dour (as part of Peter Gabriel's act)
- Angelique Kidjo (as part of Peter Gabriel's act)
- Bono and The Edge from U2
- Abdel Wright
- Chris Thompson, Zoe Nicholas, Treana Morris
- Yvonne Chaka Chaka
- Bongo Maffin
- Johnny Clegg
- Jimmy Cliff
- The Corrs
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- Danny K
- Ms. Dynamite
- Andrew Bonsu
- Soweto Gospel Choir
- Peter Gabriel
Following the concert, three live CDs and a DVD titled "46664: The Event" were released.
George, South Africa
On 19 March 2005, another "annual" 46664 Concert was held at Fancourt Country Club and Golfing Estate, in George, South Africa with people like Katie Melua, Prime Circle, Annie Lennox, Juluka with Johnny Clegg and Queen + Paul Rodgers. Will Smith was the host.
The first 46664 event to be staged in Europe took place from 29 April 2005 through to 1 May 2005 in Madrid, Spain. The concerts named "46664 Festival Madrid" focused on Spanish-speaking artists, as shown in the following list:
("Roots night", 29 April 2005)
("Pop night", 30 April 2005)
("Singer-songwriter's night", 1 May 2005)
- Anneli Drecker and Jane Kelly (NO)
- Adjagas and Lawra Somby
- Razorlight (UK)
- Kaizers Orchestra (NO)
- Bongo Maffin (ZA)
- Samsaya (IND/NO)
- Earth Affair (IS)
- Noora Noor (NO)
- Thomas Dybdahl (NO)
- Saybia (DK)
- Angelique Kidjo (DK)
- Peter Gabriel (UK)
- Robert Plant and Strange Sensation (UK)
- Mafikizolo (ZA)
- Madrugada (NO)
- Ane Brun (NO)
- Jivan Gasparyan
- House band with:
- Johnny Clegg (UK/ZA)
Johannesburg, South Africa
On 1 December 2007, International World AIDS Day, a third concert was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The concert was hosted at Ellis Park, with tens of thousands of people in attendance. Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Angelique Kidjo, Ludacris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Goo Goo Dolls, Razorlight, The Who, Prime Circle, Cassette and Jamelia performed for Nelson Mandela on stage. The event was streamed live on iclips.net. All technical services were supplied by the Gearhouse Group South Africa
London, United Kingdom
A concert celebrating Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday took place in London's Hyde Park on 27 June 2008.
Artists who performed at this special event included Jivan Gasparyan, Josh Groban, Zucchero, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Annie Lennox, Simple Minds, Jerry Dammers, Amy Winehouse, Amaral, The Who, Sugababes, Razorlight, Leona Lewis, Eddy Grant, Joan Baez and Jamelia. Will Smith opened the concert with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith later performed his song "Switch". Quincy Jones also made an appearance introducing Leona Lewis. Other celebrities who made an appearance include Lewis Hamilton, Geri Halliwell and Peter Gabriel.
Joining them were South African and African artists Johnny Clegg, Sipho Mabuse, Loyiso, Vusi Mahlasela, the Soweto Gospel Choir, AIDS orphan choir The Children of Agape (the subject of the award-winning film feature We Are Together), the legendary Papa Wemba, and Sudanese "war child" rapper Emmanuel Jal, among others.
A surprise guest, expected to be the Spice Girls, had been promised, but the girl group did not perform. Dame Shirley Bassey had been confirmed as a guest, but did not appear on advice from her doctors, following recent stomach surgery.
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