U2 singer Bono, rock veterans Queen and pop beauty Beyonce Knowles are to headline a huge AIDS awareness gig in Cape Town, South Africa next month (NOV03).

The stars will be joined by pop stars Ms Dynamite and Anastacia at the 46664 concert, which was launched today (21OCT03) by former South African PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA.

Mandela's prison number was 46664 during the 27 years he spent behind bars in ROBBEN ISLAND jail.

He says, "Millions of people today infected with AIDS are just that - a number. They too are serving a prison sentence for life.

"That's why for the first time I am allowing my prison number to brand this campaign.

"A tragedy of unprecedented proportions is unfolding in Africa."

21/10/2003 17:37