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Sho Madjozi to Headline the Global Citizen Festival

The Global Citizen Festival is coming to South Africa and Sho Madjozi is one of the South African artists to headline the event with well known international artists such as Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid.

The announcement was made yesterday by International advocacy organisation Global Citizen and the purpose of the event is to alleviate poverty. Executive producers of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe, Patrice Motsepe, Kweku Mandela, Dave Holmes, Declan Kelly, Liza Henshaw and Hugh Evans will to be held in Africa, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium. Johannesburg. The 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. Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy. Hosts of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.The Festival broadcast will be produced by Ben Winston and Fulwell 73 Productions.

From (L-R): Founder of Refugees for Refugees and My Name is Human Project Gemita Samarra, film producer Kweku Mandela, singer Tiwa Savage, Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe of the Motsepe Foundation, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Citizen Hugh Evans, Patrice Motsepe of the Motsepe Foundation and singer Sho Madjozi (front row) pose for a photo during a press conference for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Sandton Convention Center on July 9, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Nelson Mandela famously called for this generation to realise an end to extreme poverty in one of his last public speeches,  and Global Citizen has campaigned on this message with activist-driven events in Vancouver, London, Brussels, and at the upcoming 2018 Global Citizen Festival to be held in New York’s Central Park on 29 September. The Festival will be the culmination of a six-months long campaign engaging Global Citizens around the world on seven Global Goals:

  1. POVERTY: (Global Goal 1): End all forms of poverty everywhere
  2. ZERO HUNGER (Global Goal 2): End all forms of hunger and malnutrition
  3. HEALTH (Global Goal 3): Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
  4. EDUCATION (Global Goal 4): Ensure every child has access to a quality education
  5. GIRLS & WOMEN (Global Goal 5): End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere to ensure that #SheIsEqual
  6. WATER & SANITATION (Global Goal 6): Ensure everyone has access to clean water and sanitation
  7. LIFE BELOW WATER (Global Goal 14): addressing the threat plastic pollution poses to the oceans.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Singer Sho Madjozi (Center) and dancers attend the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 Launch Event at the Circa Gallery on July 9, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Sho 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.” Cassper Nyovest, another South African to headline the event said “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!”

How To Get Your Free Ticket

You can begin earning your free tickets starting on August 21st by signing up today at www.globalcitizen.org.za. For more information on how to join the movement, visit www.globalcitizen.org.za and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, using #BeTheGeneration.

Images: Getty Images

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