Bey­once leads all-star line-up at Man­dela tribute con­cert

Tehran Times - - ART & CULTURE -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG (Reuters) — Thou­sands turned out on Sun­day for a con­cert in Jo­han­nes­burg to honor the life of Nel­son Man­dela, with Bey­once lead­ing an all-star line-up.

The event, held to mark 100 years since the birth of South Africa’s first black pres­i­dent, was or­ga­nized by ad­vo­cacy group Global Cit­i­zen. It also aimed to high­light the fight against poverty, gen­der in­equal­ity and hunger, causes that Man­dela cham­pi­oned.

World Bank Pres­i­dent Jim Kim was among a num­ber of po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers at­tend­ing the event and he an­nounced a $1 bil­lion in­vest­ment in health and ed­u­ca­tion across Africa in 2019.

“Be-yo-nce! Be-yo-nce!,” chanted a group of ladies as they waited in a long queue to en­ter Jo­han­nes­burg’s FNB sta­dium, where Jay-Z, Usher and Ed Sheeran were also set to per­form.

Thou­sands of fans, some wear­ing Global Cit­i­zen T-shirts and tem­po­rary tat­toos on their shoul­ders, cheered, danced and cried at the sight of their fa­vorite artists.

Many fans had been given free tick­ets in ex­change for sign­ing pe­ti­tions and send­ing tweets to world lead­ers, urg­ing them to take ac­tion to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion, wa­ter sup­plies, san­i­ta­tion, health and other is­sues.

Kenya’s Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta ap­peared via video link and pledged to in­crease his coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion bud­get to 30 per­cent of the to­tal bud­get.

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