Stars come out for Mandela

Rich and famous celebrate former President's birthday
Sunday , 29 June 2008
Former President Nelson Mandela enjoyed a host of celebrities at his 90th birthday bash
Former President Nelson Mandela enjoyed a host of celebrities at his 90th birthday bash
Mr and Mrs Smith, Will and Jada Pinkett hosted the bash
Mr and Mrs Smith, Will and Jada Pinkett hosted the bash
Amy wowed the crowed despite recent health fears
Amy wowed the crowed despite recent health fears
Leona Lewis adds another string to her bow on hr meteoric rise to fame
Leona Lewis adds another string to her bow on hr meteoric rise to fame
Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell
The Sugababes
The Sugababes
Newly-wed singer Jamelia
Newly-wed singer Jamelia

A galaxy of stars lit up London's Hyde Park on Friday night to help NELSON MANDELA celebrate his 90th birthday.

Amy Winehouse overcame her recent health problems to headline the concert for the former South African president, and she wowed fans with a note-perfect performance, which included a duet of Free Nelson Mandela with The Special AKA star Jerry Dammers, who penned the freedom anthem.

She was joined onstage by Queen, Josh Groban, Leona Lewis and Razorlight.

Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith hosted the party.

The I Am Legend movie star turned back the years on the mic, performing a short medley of his former hits, including the theme tune to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air - the TV show he found fame on.

U2 rockers Bono and The Edge - longterm friends of Mandela - were stranded in a recording studio in Dublin, Ireland, so they sent a taped message, in which they sang a tribute to Mandela to the tune of Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday.

Elsewhere, Razorlight used the occasion to protest the regime of Robert Mugabe in South Africa's neighbouring Zimbabwe. They led the crowd in a chant of "Democracy for Zimbabwe". Spice Girl Geri Halliwell also urged Mugabe to take inspiration from Mandela.

She told the crowd, "When Nelson Mandela speaks, people listen to him. Maybe Mugabe will listen."