Johannesburg - Global Citizen announced on Monday that Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa.
The free-ticketed event will take place on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
HERE’S A VIDEO OF THE LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT WHICH TOOK PLACE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY:
Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
Executive producers of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe, Patrice Motsepe, Kweku Mandela, Dave Holmes, Declan Kelly, Liza Henshaw and Hugh Evans.
Hosts of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.
The Festival broadcast will be produced by Ben Winston and Fulwell 73 Productions.
HERE’S CHRIS MARTIN AND SHO MADJOZI EXPLAINING HOW YOU CAN GET FREE TICKETS:
ACTIVISTS AND MUSIC FANS CAN BEGIN TO EARN THEIR FREE TICKETS STARTING ON 21 AUGUST:
Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting on 21 August and can sign up for the system here. The “Mandela 100” campaign seeks to mobilise USD $1 billion in new commitments for the world’s most marginalised people, with USD $500 million set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide. These investments will be aimed at ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide.
WHAT MANDELA’S GRANDSON HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Kweku Mandela said, "My grandfather instilled in me the need to use your voice and actions to champion the struggles of your community. He believed that poverty is man made and could be eradicated by our actions - I am proud to be a part of a movement that reflects this and use citizen power to drive real change."
WHAT CHRIS MARTIN HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
"Nelson Mandela believed in people's potential for goodness, and inner potential to change things for the better, for each other and for ourselves he believed that poverty and injustice were man made problems, that we could solve together. One hundred years on from his birthday, this year's roving Global Citizen Festival will be held in his honour - in Johannesburg on December 2nd. It has been such a pleasure to put together, and all of the artists have been amazing to work with, perhaps because this is a chance for us to show that we all believe in the same things he did: love, acceptance and forgiveness,” said Chris Martin, Global Citizen Festival curator.
Cassper Nyovest said: “Nelson Mandela taught South Africans and the world so much about how to challenge our leaders and change the future. I’m inspired to join Global Citizen and celebrate his legacy. Viva Mandela!"
D’banj said: "Thirteen years ago, Nelson Mandela called on us to be the 'great generation' that would end extreme poverty, injustice and inequality. Today, I'm proud to join the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa as we answer his call and continue the fight for a more just and equitable world for all."
Ed Sheeran said: “I’m really looking forward to playing the Global Citizen Festival and paying tribute to Nelson Mandela who has inspired so many to fight for what they believe in. It should be a great day!”
Eddie Vedder said: "It is such an honour to be given the chance to head to South Africa to celebrate Nelson Mandela's incomparable legacy. He showed an entire generation what it means to be a leader and make a difference for the world's poor. I'm so grateful that this event will serve as a reminder of his great work and inspire us all to carry on in his name."
Femi Kuti said: "It is a pleasure to be able to join Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 and pay tribute to Nelson Mandela who, like my father, was a tireless advocate for equality and freedom. This generation can continue to follow the path they paved and end extreme poverty."
Sho Madjozi said: "Without the sacrifices of great South Africans like Nelson Mandela, I wouldn’t be able to live the life I lead today. Performing at Global Citizen Festival is a small tribute to his legacy and I cannot wait to take the stage in December."
Wizkid said: "It is amazing to join the Global Citizen movement and pay tribute to an African legend. We can achieve anything when we come together and take action."