Popular Nigerian music stars, D’banj, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, and Femi Kuti thrilled music lovers at the Global Citizen Festival in South Africa alongside Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Other electrifying performances at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, came from Usher, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell and Casper Nyovest.
While Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Femi Kuti gave powerful renditions of their hit songs while D’banj switched things a bit with a medley and performance that took fans down memory lane. He really lit up the stage.
However, the highlight of the festival was the performance by music couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z. The duo took music fans to cloud 9 shortly after Oprah’s moving speech.
The couple emerged in astonishing new costumes and started 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.
After the video, they returned to the stage to perform `Apeshi’, a song from their joint album before bringing out surprise guests Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran, who performed `Perfect Duet’ alongside Beyoncé.
The Global Citizen Festival is a yearly music festival. It was founded by Ryan Gall and Hugh Evans in 2012 and organised by Global Poverty Project.
In 2015, the festival organizers 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.
The festival uses the influence of celebrities from around the world to make a positive difference in the lives of youths.