World music’s power couple, Beyonce and Jay Z are coming to Africa.
Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Ed Sheeran will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in honor of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela on December 2. The concert, which will be held at the 94,736 capacity FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mandela died in 2013.
Nigerian pop star, Wizkid will also be performing at the concert and it will be his second chance to share the stage with Beyonce, having missed the 2018 Coachella Festival over visa issues.
Beyonce became the first woman of color to headline the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, and the 105-minute set in April with 458,000 simultaneous global viewers gathered 43.1 million live stream views in 232 countries to become the most-viewed live music festival ever on YouTube.
Others performing at the Global Citizen festival include Usher, Eddie Vedder, a joint set from Pharrell Williams and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and African artists including Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, and Femi Kuti. Oprah Winfrey will give a keynote address Mandela’s legacy, and other hosts will include Naomi Campbell and actors Forest Whitaker and Tyler Perry. The Global Citizen’s campaign aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide.
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