Queen, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse were among the performers due to serenade Nelson Mandela at a concert Friday honoring the South African statesman’s 90th birthday.


Queen, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse were among the performers due to serenade Nelson Mandela at a concert Friday honoring the South African statesman’s 90th birthday.

Winehouse, whose participation was in doubt when she was hospitalized last week after fainting, is reported to have rehearsed a rendition of the Specials’ 1984 anthem “Free Nelson Mandela” for the Hyde Park show, hosted by Will Smith.

The event marks Mandela’s birthday July 18 and comes 20 years after a 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium that helped press South Africa’s apartheid authorities for his freedom.

Proceeds from the show — which organizers hoped would be attended by 46,664 people — will go to 46664, the AIDS charity named for the number Mandela wore in prison.

Queen guitarist Brian May said the event was “as important and as joyful as anything we’ve done in our lives, and has a great serious significance as well.”