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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 November, 2004, 17:51 GMT
Stars unite for Mandela gig book
Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela, Annie Lennox, Brian May and Yusuf Islam
Mandela and performers launched the 46664 book in London
Singers Annie Lennox and Cat Stevens joined former South African president Nelson Mandela to launch a book marking last year's 46664 charity concert.

Named after Mandela's prison number, the five-hour concert in Cape Town featured more than 30 global stars raising money to combat Aids and HIV.

Mandela said the photo book "truly captures the spirit of the occasion".

Singer Peter Gabriel and Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor also attended the London launch on Thursday.

'Amazing night'

"I am glad you still come to hear an old man speak," Mandela joked to members of the press at the launch.

"You will recall the amazing night we had in Cape Town last year.

46664 concert
More than 40,000 people attended the 46664 concert in Cape Town
"This book is a record of that with pictures and words from all my friends involved."

Performers including Bono, Beyonce, Ms Dynamite, Anastacia, Zucchero and Eurythmics were watched by a Cape Town audience of 40,000 on 29 November 2003.

The 46664 concert also reached a global television and internet audience of two billion.


Photographer Richard Young said: "Photographing 46664 was one of the most memorable experiences of my career."

He added: "With all those world-class stars performing together you might have thought the egos might take over - not at all.

Bono and Beyonce
Bono and Beyonce were among the performers at last year's concert
"Everyone knew they were there to heighten awareness of HIV and Aids in South Africa and around the world."

Mandela said he wanted last year's Green Point Stadium concert to be the first of many Nelson Mandela Foundation events to help prevent HIV and Aids.

"The fact is, every HIV infection can be prevented, and every Aids case can be treated," he said.

"We may not complete the task but we have a responsibility to try."

His effort was recently supported by US film stars Brad Pitt and Will Smith, who joined the 46664 concert performers in becoming ambassadors for Mandela's campaign.

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