Nigerian music stars, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, D’banj and Femi Kuti thrilled music lovers in South Africa alongside Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z and Beyonce.
The event also featured performances from Usher, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell and Casper Nyovest.
While Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Femi Kuti performed some of their hit songs, D’banj took fans down memory lane with an energetic performance featuring a medley of his classic songs.
The highlight of the festival was the performance by music couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z. The duo came on stage shortly after Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech.
The couple emerged in stunning new costumes and opened with a soul-stirring rendition of Jay-Z’s hit song, ‘Holy Grail’.
While the duo changed into new costumes, a video montage of Mandela and Jay-Z’s trip to Angola and South Africa in 2006 played in the background.
They returned to the stage to perform ‘Apeshi’ from their joint album before bringing out surprise guests, Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran, who performed ‘Perfect’ alongside Beyoncé.
The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival founded by Ryan Gall and Hugh Evans in 2012 and organised by Global Poverty Project.
In 2015, the organisation announced that Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin would serve as the festival’s curator for the next 15 years.
The 2018 festival, which is in honour of the late former late South African President, Nelson Mandela, hopes to inspire social activism with the aim of ending extreme poverty by 2030.
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Tiwa Savage’s performance
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