UPDATE: Trevor Noah and Zozibini Tunzi among several big names added to Africa Day virtual concert

Trevor Noah (Photo: Getty Images)
Trevor Noah (Photo: Getty Images)

UPDATE:15:23

Several big names have been added to the line-up for the Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home. A press statement released on Tuesday revealed that SA comedian Trevor Noah, Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi and actor Nomzamo Mbatha are some of the local names who have been added to the show and will be sharing "special messages" with the audience.

Along with those stars, international artists like Sean Paul and Anthony Hamilton will also be making guest appearances to share messages with fans.


YouTube and ViacomCBS Networks Africa are teaming up with actor Idris Elba to host the Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home

The virtual 2-hour show will be streamed on the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel on Africa Day (25 May) at 18:00 and broadcast on MTV Base (DStv 322) at 21:00 on the same day. All proceeds raised will go towards supporting the health and nutritional needs of children and families most affected by the Covid-19 crisis in Africa.

The show will be hosted by Idris and will see the likes of Sho Madjozi, Diamond Platnumz and Angelique Kidjo perform. 

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Speaking about the event, Idris said: "Taking a moment to shine a light on African arts to benefit the African homeland and its people. A continent of this size should find a way to dig deep and stand up for one another at a time like this. It's important for the future and history will not forget."

The concert will also be available to watch after Africa Day to encourage people to continue pledging their support. 

"Music is a powerful tool that connects Africans and this Africa Day concert is a great way to bring people together and support a great cause. We are honoured at the opportunity to bring the power of YouTube to support this great initiative," YouTube's managing director of emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Alex Okosi said.

Viacom's Monde Twala added: "The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the livelihoods of millions across the continent and is going to require a massive collaborative effort if we are to make it through. ViacomCBS Networks Africa is proud to partner with YouTube and Idris Elba as we lead the efforts for immediate food and health assistance on the continent at the Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home. We are coming together as Africans to take care of our own."  

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee