Pop Star Beyonce led an all-star line-up including Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z and Usher in Johannesburg at a concert to honour the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Sunday.
The concert was the climax of a year of events celebrating the centennial of Mandela’s birth in 1918, and part of a campaign to tackle poverty, child malnutrition and boost gender equality.
This year’s Global Citizen Festival was held at Johannesburg’s 94,736-capacity FNB stadium and saw Beyonce perform several of her hits as well as a duet with Ed Sheeran and also husband Jay-Z.
And Mandela’s grandson Ndaba Mandela told festival-goers: ‘Today it is a privilege and choice for us to take action on behalf of the hundreds of millions of people trapped in the cycle of poverty.
‘So I plead with you, don’t think of this as just a music festival, this is a call to the hearts and minds of humanity all across the world.’
The concert also featured some Nigerian artist like Wizkid, Dbanj, Tiwa Savage and also british rapper Stormzy as they all thrilled fans at the event.
Thousands of music fans, many of whom had received free tickets to reward their activism and campaigning work, flocked to the stadium hours before the concert began.
The Global Citizen initiative aims to help eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and has staged events in other world cities including London, Brussels, and New York.
According to the initiative’s founder Hugh Evans, more than $2 billion have been pledged to good causes following the Johannesburg gig, beating the $1 billion goal.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted ahead of the event pledging $50 million to women’s and girl’s education projects.
Event organisers earlier paid tribute to a rigger who died following a fall while helping to prepare the stage on Saturday.
‘The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated,’ Global Citizen said in a state.