Cold­play, Jay Z rock Mum­bai

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Nearly 80,000 peo­ple in In­dia’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal Mum­bai at­tended the Global Ci­ti­zen Fes­ti­val head­lined by Bri­tish rock band Cold­play Satur­day as part of an anti-poverty cam­paign.

Top global megas­tars in­clud­ing rap megas­tar Jay Z, pop singer Demi Lo­vato and Bri­tish band The Vamps per­formed at the event, along­side Bol­ly­wood names in­clud­ing su­per­star Shah Rukh Khan.

The Global Ci­ti­zen Fes­ti­val is an an­nual mu­sic con­cert es­tab­lished in 2012 which is part of a broader cam­paign to end ex­treme poverty by 2030. Cold­play’s Chris Martin is the con­cert’s cre­ative direc­tor.

Con­cert­go­ers formed long queues early in the day out­side the venue, caus­ing ma­jor traf­fic con­ges­tion in Mum­bai’s al­ready­con­gested busi­ness dis­trict.

Martin ended the con­cert by singing In­dia’s na­tional an­them Vande Mataram (Mother, I salute thee) with help from In­dia’s Os­car-win­ning mu­sic direc­tor AR Rah­man.

Nearly 80 per­cent of tick­ets to the event were given away to peo­ple who sup­port or­gan­iser Global Poverty Project’s cam­paigns, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing san­i­ta­tion, gen­der equal­ity and ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia.

The event was at­tended by Hindi screen leg­end Amitabh Bachchan and Nel­son Man­dela’s grand­son Kweku Man­dela.

In a tele­vised ad­dress, In­dia’s Prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who had ap­peared at the fes­ti­val in 2014, quoted lines from Bob Dy­lan’s fa­mous songs to re­fer to chang­ing po­lit­i­cal cli­mate in the South Asian coun­try.

But he kept his com­ments brief, say­ing, “I know that I stand be­tween you and Cold­play,” but heaped praise on In­dia’s young pop­u­la­tion, say­ing they “bring an en­ergy and ide­al­ism that is un­par­al­leled”. – AFP

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