R.E.M., Corrs To Celebrate South African Freedom

Concert in London's Trafalgar Square also will include Spice Girl Mel B.

R.E.M., the Corrs and the Spice Girls' Mel B have been tapped to co-headline an April 29 concert at London's Trafalgar Square celebrating the seventh anniversary of South Africa's first democratic elections following the fall of apartheid.

Other artists lined up for the South Africa Freedom Day Concert on the Square include South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela and female pop trio Atomic Kitten, according to Reuters.

The concert is expected to draw 30,000 people, including political activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela. The show will benefit the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Prince's Trust, a British charity.

The Freedom Day concert will be held during a six-week period of festivities in the U.K. scheduled for April 16 through May 31 to commemorate the thriving South African culture that has emerged since that country's democratic elections in 1994.

The BBC reports that organizers have been planning the concert for more than two years and that their request to close Trafalgar Square to traffic and pedestrians during the show was granted by British authorities on Wednesday.