Rushing back for the party in south Sudan
Julio Iglesias is singing about love in the hotel restaurant. Jay Adengora is talking of miracles in a shed on the edge of town as he waits with his suitcases to be resettled by the UN after 23 years as a refugee. And George, Thabo, Jimmy, Kofi and a chorus of several thousand less famous international guests are all jetting in for what promises to be an extraordinary, defining, euphoric weekend of hope and history here in southern Sudan.
Is this a Berlin Wall/Mandela moment? Perhaps there's still a little too much doubt in the air. But it certainly feels like something close to it in the dusty, ramshackle, boom town of Juba.
After so many decades of misery, determination and sheer luck, the region has finally won the chance to choose its own fate, and everyone seems to be rushing back for the party.
I keep running into old friends - a former regional governor, an Irish priest, aid workers, drivers and diplomats. Most are openly concerned about the future, the unrealistic public expectations, the sheer incompetence of many ministries, the jaw-dropping lack of infrastructure, of hospitals, roads and jobs, the old scores that are still waiting to be settled, the regional security implications of a new country being born on the banks of the hotly contested River Nile, and the endless opportunities for conflict along the frontier with northern Sudan.
There is a very real chance that things could go badly wrong either for the South, or the North, or both.
And yet, after so many years of conflict, there is no mistaking the sheer appetite for peace here in Juba -a hard factor to measure, but an all too easy one to overlook.
And then there's the simple fact that, time and again in recent years, the gloomiest predictions have failed to come true.
Against the odds, the referendum looks almost certain to overcome giant logistical and political obstacles and to push the south firmly along the road to full independence. A good deal of restraint and commonsense has been displayed.
Of course international assistance and diplomacy has played its part - America dangling the carrot of lifted sanctions in front of Khartoum, and China's oil interests nudging Beijing towards a more even-handed approach.
But an enduring peace will depend on the leadership of politicians in the north and south of what remains, at least for a few more months, a single country.
How do you rate their chances?
And any thoughts about what to call an independent southern Sudan? Nobody here seems too sure.