Beyonce, Jay Z lead SA anti-poverty festival for Mandela

Global Citizen Festival to take place 2 December 2018 at FNB Stadium in honour of Nelson Mandela

A host of worldwide celebrities will be heading to South Africa in December to be part of the Global Citizen Festival‚ a free and ticketless concert that rallies celebs‚ politicians and global leaders to end extreme poverty.

The December event is the culmination of Global Citizen's Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.

Only 100 000 tickets will be made available and 70 000 of them will be given out free of charge.

The festival's hosts include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.

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. "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". The festival will be celebrated over 6 months in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals.

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Hugh Evans, the founder and CEO of the movement, said he expected the Johannesburg festival to be the biggest Global Citizen festival ever in terms of reach, symbolism and lineup.

To get tickets to this first of it's kind concert, all you have to do is a good deed in the spirit of the late Mandela.

Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting on 21 August and can sign up today at www.globalcitizen.org.za, demanding world leaders make major investments to end extreme poverty and take a stand for women and girls.

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.

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