The February 2nd Mandela SOS concert, which was to raise money and
awareness about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, has been cancelled due
to production issues. Bono, Macy Gray, Nelly Furtado, Queen,
Coldplay, Shaggy, Ludacris, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and
others were scheduled to perform at Robben Island prison in South
Africa, where Nobel Peace Prize winner and world civil rights
leader Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for eighteen years in the
1960s and Seventies.
Dave Stewart, the event’s musical director, Bono and the late
Joe Strummer co-wrote the song “48864” especially for the event.
The title was a reference to Mandela’s prisoner number during his
While the concert was to be held for 3,000 fans at Robben
Island, a concurrent performance was to take place at the larger
Green Point Stadium in Capetown, South Africa. Some artists were to
play both venues, and footage from Robben Island was also to be
beamed onto screens at the stadium. The event was also to be
No further information was available about the cause of the
cancellation or a possible rescheduling at press time.