Wednesday, February 20, 2008


The Spice Girls would love to perform for former South African President Nelson Mandela, but said on Monday they had not yet been formally asked to be part of his planned 90th birthday celebrations in June.

During a backstage interview before the group’s sold-out New York concert, the five members of the British pop group- Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Melnie Chisholm and Emma Bunton – were enthusiastic about the idea.

Daily Mirror reported last week that Mandela was eager for the Spice Girls, who reunited late last year for a greatest hits album and would tour, to perform at a planned concert in London’s Hyde Park. “We’re great friends of Mandela and we would love to perform for him again,” said Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice. The pop stars reportedly have to turn down an invitation to perform at Mandela’s 89th birthday celebrations last year as Bunton was heavily pregnant with her first child.

“We were privileged enough to meet the man and he is just amazing.” Said Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice. “He’s just an example of strength and humility and if we could be part of that, celebrating his life – wow.”

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