Jay-Z & Beyoncé To Perform At The Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival

The world will commemorate Madiba's centennial birthday.

(AllHipHop News) The Carters are headed to South Africa for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival. Beyoncé & Jay-Z are joining other superstars such as Pharrell Williams, Usher, Ed Sheeran, and Chris Martin in Johannesburg.

On December 2, Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will celebrate the life and legacy of former South African leader Nelson Mandela. Hosts for the extravaganza include Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker with Oprah Winfrey giving the keynote address.

“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,” states Winfrey. “It is one of the great honors of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life.”

Tickets for the Global Citizen Festival are free. People will get to attend by taking action in the areas of increasing access to good nutrition for adolescent girls, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV/AIDS transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, reforming/repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation around the world.

"My grandfather installed in me the need to use your voice and actions to champion the struggles of your community. He believed that poverty is man-made and could be eradicated by our actions," says Nelson Mandela's grandson Kweku Mandela. "I am proud to be a part of a movement that reflects this and use citizen power to drive real change."

The Mandela 100 Festival is partnering with the House of Mandela to present the capstone event of Global Citizen’s year-long "Be The Generation" campaign. Global Citizen will focus on the "Global Goals" of ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and life below water.

"100, in celebration of Madiba’s rich legacy of social justice, compassion and activism,” says Nelson Mandela’s widow Graça Machel, Founder/Chairperson The Graça Machel Trust. “Each one of us must take inspiration from his fight for equality by being the generation to end extreme poverty. We must ensure that no child or adolescent die from preventable causes, including hunger and malnutrition. I call on world leaders, civil society organizations, business leaders and change agents everywhere to join Global Citizen and take action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

For more information, visit www.globalcitizen.org.