Custom Search 1

Stars set to perform in tribute to Nelson Mandela

REMEMBERED: Nelson Mandela

MARKING WHAT would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, Global Citizen will head to Africa for a star-studded tribute concert celebration.

The show will feature performances from the likes of husband and wife duo Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Usher, Pharrell, as well as sets from Nigerian artists Wizkid, D’banj and Tiwa Savage.

The highly anticipated event will be hosted by a number of influential figures from across the industry including Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey who will deliver the keynote address.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Winfrey said: “Nelson Mandela’s life story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one man’s ability to change the world by standing up for what he believed in.”

“It is one of the great honours of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life,” she added.

The humanitarian fest will reflect Mandela’s charitable efforts with aims to raise funds to end “neglected” tropical diseases, decrease HIV/AIDS transmission rates, fund women’s health and family planning, enact clean water practices and much more.

Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said: “Nelson Mandela did not care much for tributes. Rather, he was concerned with action, results and impactful outcomes to ensure the restoration of the dignity of all the people of South Africa, Africa, and the globe.”

“It is our hope that the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 drives leaders to pursue such action and results in the effort to end extreme poverty.”

The event is set to take place Sunday, Dec. 2 at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, but will make its return to New York City’s Central Park on September 29.

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Facebook Comments