Oprah, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Usher, Pharrell, Tyler Perry & more headed to SA for Global Citizen Festival

09 July 2018 - 10:30 By Jessica Levitt
US chat show host Oprah Winfrey poses during the European premiere of A Wrinkle in Time in London on March 13 2018.
US chat show host Oprah Winfrey poses during the European premiere of A Wrinkle in Time in London on March 13 2018.
Image: Anthony HARVEY / AFP

A host of international 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, politicains and global leaders to end extreme poverty.

Included in the star-studded line-up is Oprah, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, Forest Whitaker, Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Tyler Perry and Gayle King.

Global Citizen Hugh Evans explains at a media briefing held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Monday July 9 2018 how people can obtain a ticket to the Global Citizen concert that will be hosted on December 2 2018 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The event will be held in December in Johannesburg and is the culmination of the Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela.

"We are deeply inspired by the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela and when Kweku (Mandela) approached us a few years ago and said 2018 would marking Nelson Mandela’s 100th anniversary, we knew it would be a historic moment," said Global Citizen's CEO Hugh Evans.

Kweku Mandela has been instrumental in bringing the festival to South Africa.k He said that the Mandela family did not want another concert celebrating an individual but rather wanted to find ways on how to take his grandfather’s legacy and apply it.

"One of the key things we are trying to galvanise is that sense of renewal and the excitement around getting involved and engaging with communities around issues that we can bring to an end, such as poverty.”

Oprah will deliver the keynote address at the festival where she will remember Madiba and his legacy.

Stars from across Africa will also be at the festival with Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Femi Kuti and Wizkid all set to perform.

"Nelson Mandela taught South Africans and the world so much about how to challenge our leaders and change the future. I’m inspired to join Global Citizen and celebrate his legacy. Viva Mandela!"

What a list. Are you ready, fam?