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Star-Packed Mandela Benefit Heads to CD, DVD

Billboard.com
The 46664 AIDS benefit concert held Nov. 29, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa, is heading to the marketplace. Three single-CDs and a DVD will be issued April 5 by Warner Music International, chronicling the event which featured performances by Beyoncé, Bob Geldof, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, Paul Oakenfold and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, among others.

The concert was named for the identification number former president Nelson Mandela wore during his years of imprisonment under the Apartheid regime. "I am delighted that this groundbreaking music launch which has brought together the artist community worldwide will result in our delivering the entirety of 46664 event on both CD and DVD to audiences globally," organizer Dave Stewart said in a statement.

Disc one, African Prayer, kicks off with Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love (46664 Version)" and also sports collaborations between the surviving members of Queen and Stewart, Yusuf Islam and Gabriel, U2's Bono and the Edge with Stewart and Beyoncé and Gabriel with Youssou n'Dour and Angelique Kidjo.

Dubbed Long Walk to Freedom, disc two features Mandela's speech and performances by Cliff, the Coors and Bongo Maffin. The final disc, "Amandla," sports Geldof's cover of Elvis Costello's "(What So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," three songs by Eurythmics and Queen leading the whole cast of artists through "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions."

The double-disc DVD includes Mandela's press conference announcing the event, a behind-the-scenes documentary, artist interviews, a series of short films about the AIDS epidemic and a photo gallery.



© Billboard.com, 2004.