Beyonce And Jay-Z To Headline Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 In South Africa

Beyonce and Jay-Z are among the stars honouring the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela in his fight to end extreme poverty.

The musical couple will headline the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa on Dec. 2. Bey and Jay will be joined by Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Femi Kuti, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid for the free-ticketed event.

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Oprah Winfrey will also be on hand to deliver the event’s keynote address remembering Mandela and his lasting legacy.

The Mandela 100 concert marks the culmination of a year’s worth of Global Citizen events honouring the political leader and revolutionary during his centenary year. In one of his last public speeches, he called for this generation “to realize an end to extreme poverty.”

Also joining the all-star musical line-up are Naomi Campbell, Tyler Perry, Gayle King, Forest Whitaker and Sir Bob Geldof who will serve as hosts for the event.

Beyonce previously performed at the 2015 Global Citizen concert in New York along with Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, Usher and Ed Sheeran, while Jay-Z hit the stage at 2016 festival in Mumbai, India. The Mandela 100 event will take place in addition to the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in New York this September.

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Global Citizen’s Mandela 100 campaign is “aimed at ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV/AIDS transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, levelling the law by reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide,” according to a press release.

For more information on how to join the movement, please visit www.globalcitizen.org.za and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, using #BeTheGeneration.

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