Carla Bruni-Sarkozy joins star-studded Mandela line-up

Thursday June 18, 2009

France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will perform at a concert held to celebrate the first ever Mandela Day in New York on July 18. It will be her first live concert since marrying President Nicholas Sarkozy in February last year.

Musician Carla, who released her third album As If Nothing Had Happened in July 2008, will sing a duet with former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart at the event at Radio City Music hall.

"She thinks it's massively cool and can't wait to get back in front of a love audience," a music industry source in Paris said of the 41-year-old former model, who met with anti-apartheid activist last year (pictured).

Carla joins an impressive line-up at the concert, which is the culmination of a week-long series of events marking Mandela Day, an event designed to encourage people around the world to honour the iconic former South Africa leader. Other performers include Stevie Wonder, Gloria Gaynor and Aretha Franklin.

Held on the date of Mr Mandela's birthday – this year he will turn 91 – the entertainment also features turns from non-musical entertainers like Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Matt Damon and Whoopi Goldberg

Photo: © Getty Images

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