After many a murmur, it has been confirmed that Beyonce and Jay-Z are two of several titans lined up to headline the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in South Africa.
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The Carters, who are currently in the midst of their blockbuster summer ‘On The Run II’ stadium tour are joined by Ed Sheeran, Usher, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, and Eddie Vedder on the bill for the December 2nd event. Set to take place in Johannesburg, the extravaganza will celebrate the life and legacy of activist Nelson Mandela.
Per Billboard, Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 (as it’s officially being billed) will take place across three days at the FNB Stadium ahead of the fifth anniversary of Mandela’s passing (December 13th 2013).
Other names on the dynamically diverse lineup include African music royals Wizkid, D’banj, Femi Kuti, Sho Madjozi, and Tiwa Savage.
The marriage between the Global Citizen and Mandela 100 campaigns is apt, given their personalised efforts to bring an end to extreme poverty, end hunger, reduce HIV/AIDS transmission rates, and the collective strive for better education opportunities for all – amongst other goals.
Interest was already sky-high pre the announcement and is sure to rocket now it’s confirmed. For, those eager to earn free tickets to Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, they can register through the Global Citizen website after August. 21st. It’s believed that said entrants will “earn” their access to the shows via completion of numerous social actions in line with Mandela 100’s mission to help others while working to erase extreme poverty by the year 2030.
Oprah Winfrey will deliver the keynote speech at the spectacle, while Naomi Campbell, Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker have been named anchoring hosts.