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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - Annie Lennox, Brian May and India.arie will

perform at Nelson Mandela's next concert to raise awareness about the AIDS

pandemic.



The March 19 event in the Eastern Cape city of George, to be hosted by actor

Will Smith, will highlight the plight of women and girls, who are six times

more likely than men to become infected here, Mandela said Thursday.



May and Roger Taylor of Queen will collaborate with Bad Company's Paul

Rodgers.



"We do not treat our women with enough dignity and respect," Mandela

said. "We must mobilize to act, and act soon, before it is too late."





Since stepping down as South Africa's first black president in 1999, Mandela

has championed the cause of AIDS victims, especially in Africa where about 25

million of the world's 40 million HIV-infected people live.



While organizers are still recovering the cost of the first concert - held in

Cape Town in November 2003 - through CD and DVD sales, they hope this year's

more modest event will raise funds for AIDS charities in South Africa.



Mandela's eldest son recently died of an AIDS-related illness.



Source: http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20050217/D88AE8181.html?PG=home&SEC=new & QMS

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