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Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran to Headline Global Citizen Festival

09 July 2018

Global Citizen Festival, the annual celebrity-infused anti-poverty benefit concert, is coming to South Africa this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth.

The Global Citizen organization has a stated goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

The festival will also feature some of the continent's most popular musicians including South African hip-hop producer Cassper Nyovest and Nigerian artists Wizkid, D'banj and Femi Kuti, who is the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. With its Mandela 100 campaign, it hopes to bring in $1 billion.

In news that is likely to have music fans frothing at the mouth, the star-studded Global Citizen Festival was announced on Monday for December 2nd.

The group has since branched out overseas with seminars and music in India, Germany and elsewhere.

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Aside from the plethora of worldwide and local acts that will feature at the Global Citizen Festival, prospective punters may be interested to hear that the gig is free. All you need to do is take action on Global Citizen's platform to become eligible to win a free ticket.

Two years later Mandela delivered a landmark speech in London's Trafalgar Square urging concerted efforts to "make poverty history".

Beyonce last performed in South Africa at the 2004 Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert. Actions include emailing world leaders, signing petitions, and using social media to generate commitments in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

"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", Oprah Winfrey said to The Global Citizen.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran to Headline Global Citizen Festival