Music super couple Beyoncé & Jay-Z, alongside Ed Sheeran and Wizkid have been penciled in to perform in Global Citizen Festival‘s Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa celebrating a hundred years since Nelson Mandela’s birth.
The free concert will hold on December 2nd at Johannesburg’s FNB stadium and Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Forest Whitaker and South African TV host Bonang Matheba will serve as hosts. Other artistes lined up include Pharrell Williams, Femi Kuti, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Usher, Cassper Nyovest, Sho Madjozi, D’banj, Eddie Vedder, Tiwa Savage. Oprah Winfrey will also deliver a keynote address on Mandela’s legacy.
“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,” Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans tells Rolling Stone.
“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,” Evans adds. “If we are able to achieve that, then we might be able to fulfill Mandela’s unfinished work and live up to being that ‘great generation’ he so desired and believed we were capable of being.”
“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 added. “It is one of the great honors of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life.”
To win a ticket, fans would have to go through the Global Citizen site and perform various “actions” such as contacting world leaders and signing petitions. In addition to Mandela 100, the first Global Citizen concert to be held in Africa, the festival will also return to New York’s Central Park on September 29th. The lineup for that fest has not yet been announced.