5 July 2008

Uganda: Bebe Cool Excites At Mandela Birthday

Uganda's Bebe Cool was among the 50,000 people who attended Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday in London's Hyde Park a fortnight ago. Bebe Cool, who sang his latest track Born in Africa, performed in the last minutes before the close down of the concert.

Among the artists Bebe Cool shared the stage with were Amy Winehouse and Queen, Leona Lewis, Jamelia and Geri of the Spice Girls. Many African artists also flew in for the birthday gig, including Papa Wemba of DR Congo and South African singers Loyiso and Kurt Darren. Actor Will Smith kicked off the concert with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Lewis Hamilton of Formula One introduced the Sugababes, calling it "honour and a privilege" to be at the concert.

The concert was dubbed "Mr. Mandela's HIV/Aids charity 46664" - the 46664 charity was named after the prison number which Mr. Mandela was given during the 27 years he spent behind bars for his stand against South African apartheid.

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