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Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran to Headline Global Citizen Festival

Beyonce seen here at Coachella has launched an album exclusively on streaming platform Tidal. GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA  AFP  File  KEVIN WINTER Beyonce seen here at Coachella has launched an album exclusively on streaming platform Tidal. GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA AFP File KEVIN WINTER
Adrian Cunningham | 09 July, 2018, 19:38

THE Global Citizen Festival has confirmed that world renowned musician Beyonce Carter-Knowles will be among the artists performing at their Mandela 100 concert this year.

The Global Citizen is a movement that focuses on poverty and aims to end world poverty by 2030. Also on tap are Eddie Vedder, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Femi Kuti, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Sho Madjozi, and Tiwa Savage. The "Mandela 100" campaign seeks to mobilise Dollars $1 billion in new commitments for the world's poorest, with USD $500 million set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide.

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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For the Johannesburg edition, Global Citizen will also hand out tickets to people who are taking direct action for good including community health workers who conduct HIV tests or who instruct mothers on child nutrition as well as teachers and South Africans who recycle plastics. "Celebrating Nelson Mandela's legacy is an honour, and I can only strive to positively impact as many lives as he has". The festival will be celebrated over 6 months in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals.

While Britain, Germany and Nordic countries are meeting the UN-backed goal of devoting 0.7-percent of gross domestic product to worldwide aid, other major countries are lagging behind.

"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 said to The Global Citizen.