Will Smith to host Mandela birthday gig


smith_mandela.jpgNelson Mandela's 90th birthday will be celebrated with a big shebang at London's Hyde Park and will be hosted by Will Smith.

The 'Gettin Jiggy Wit It' singer and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are fronting the celebrations, which have been organized by the former South African president's AIDS campaign 46664.

According to digitalspy.com acts rumoured to be playing the event on June 27 include Razorlight, Keane, Queen and Annie Lennox.

It is understood that organizers have also asked U2, the Spice Girls and Sir Paul McCartney to play the concert.

It is reported that US rapper Eminem is keen to come out of musical retirement to perform at the show as well.

"Will Smith is a big fan of Nelson and wanted to help out," said a source. "Nelson is so inspirational and so many artists want to be involved.

"We think it will be Mr. Mandela's last official international public appearance, which will make it more special.

"Eminem's up for it too. People will be surprised. He's not someone you'd expect to play a Mandela charity gig."

45,000 tickets will be available for the gig, which will be sold via an online registration system.