International advocacy organisation Global Citizen has confirmed that Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be headlining a free concert to be held at FNB stadium in honour of Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations.
The Global Citizen Festival will be held in South Africa on December 2.
Only 100 000 tickets will be made available and 70 000 of them will be given out free of charge.
Music fans, activists and anyone interested in attending the festival can earn their free tickets by signing up on the Global Citizen website.
Tickets will be given out from August 21.
Other artists to grace the stage will be Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.
The festival’s hosts include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.
Naomi Campbell, a model and actress with a long pubic association with the late former president Mandela said: “I’m truly honoured to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela by co-hosting the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in South Africa. Madiba was a man whose values and wisdom have left a lasting imprint on this world. I cherish everything he taught me about giving, sharing, and forgiving, and I look forward to celebrating his life on December 2nd.”
Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens using their collective voice in an attempt at ending extreme poverty by 2030.
It has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people around the world, calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizen has generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at more than $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people.
The Motsepe Foundation works in partnership with various respected and reputable global philanthropic and charitable organisations and is also one of the original “champion” donors that were initiated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation
“We are honoured to play a humble role in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations in honour of our icon, Dr Nelson Mandela who is an inspiration to people throughout the world. We partnered with Global Citizen because of the good work they do in encouraging young people to bring change in the world and their advocacy and commitment to end Global Poverty,” said chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, Patrice Motsepe.
Motsepe said: “What I like about this concert is that, as much as much as it is free, young people gain entry based on the points they have accumulated through acts of activism.”
One of the performers from South Africa, Madjozi, said: “Without the sacrifices of great South Africans like Nelson Mandela, I wouldn’t be able to live the life I lead today. Performing at Global Citizen Festival is a small tribute to his legacy and I cannot wait to take the stage in December.”