A number of Africa's best musicians will perform at a concert in Johannesburg next month to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, the Minister of Arts and Culture Pallo Jordan said yesterday.
Jordan said the concert, which was a "celebration of Nelson Mandela's life", would be held on August 23 from 11am.
Jordan said the "all-star concert by South African and African performers" would be a joyous occasion.
"In fact, this event will display to all of us the spirit of togetherness and unity that not only exists among the people of this country, but between Madiba and artists who truly understand what he stands for," Jordan said.
He said Baaba Maal, Dorothy Masuka, Jonas Gwangwa and Jimmy Dludlu would be among the musicians taking part in the concert.
Others include Kampi Moto, Karen Zoid, In-Cha, Danny K, Jozi and Gang of Instrumentals.
He said Mandela's life would be reflected through poetry, traditional instruments, praise singers and archival footage.
A children's programme will be supported by performances that include traditional performances and various dance and vocal genres from African dancers.
The concert will be hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Foundation' chief executive Achmat Dangor said: "I think this concert is a very important milestone in these celebrations.
"It is very important because it brings the celebrations home publicly." - Sapa