AceShowbiz - Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Eddie Vedder have been tapped to headline Global Citizen Festival's Mandela 100 concert.
The free concert in Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 December will serve as a belated celebration for what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, which actually falls on 18 July.
Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Femi Kuti, and Usher will also perform, while U.S. TV mogul Oprah Winfrey will deliver a keynote speech. Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker, among others, will also serve as hosts.
"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," Winfrey tells Rolling Stone. "It is one of the great honours of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life."
The Mandela 100 organisers are hoping to "mobilize" $1 billion in investments to benefit "women and girls worldwide, (end) hunger (and) tropical diseases, (reduce) HIV/AIDS transmission rates, (ensure) every child receives a quality education... and access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide".
"It is such an honour to be given the chance to head to South Africa to celebrate Nelson Mandela's incomparable legacy," a statement from Vedder reads. "He showed an entire generation what it means to be a leader and make a difference for the world's poor. I'm so grateful that this event will serve as a reminder of his great work and inspire us all to carry on in his name."
I’m heading to Johannesburg to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela at the @GlblCtzn Festival: Mandela 100. Join me on 2 Dec. and be the generation to end extreme poverty. Learn how to earn your free tickets at https://t.co/sWzhkibFrvpic.twitter.com/TeVY6s8Kor— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) July 9, 2018
Jay-Z, Beyonce, Martin, Vedder, and Sheeran have all previously performed at past Global Citizens concerts.