Global Citizen Music Festival in Johannesburg Features Some of the Best in the Industry
by Kristine Sage
3 months ago
The first-ever Johannesburg, South Africa edition of the Global Citizen Festival has taken off with flying colours. Being part of a movement to end extreme poverty, several of the music industry’s biggest names have taken part including Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Pharrell, Kacey Musgraves and more.
This concert is the peak of a year of events that honour the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Beyonce is set to headline the all-star line-up, of course, and she’ll be honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Prior to the event, Oprah Winfrey, who co-hosted the event, praised Mandela’s “goodness and integrity”, describing him as her “favourite mentor”.
The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival that started in 2012 organized by Global Poverty Project, and Coldplay’s lead vocalist Chris Martin would serve as the festival curator for the next 15 years. Access to the festival can be obtained by contributing to charity acts on the website, including watching and sharing videos, and signing petitions.
Other hosts included comedian and “Daily Show” star Trevor Noah, with other co-hosts that appeared throughout the evening, including Naomi Campbell, Dave Chappelle, and more.