Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Oprah Winfrey and other international stars have gathered in South Africa for a charity concert honoring Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.
Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey were among those headlining the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Sunday. Model Naomi Campbell and singer Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid concerts for Africa, are also attending.
Global Citizen, an advocacy group, campaigns for an end to extreme poverty and other causes. It says many people won tickets to Sunday’s concert through charity work and petition-signing.
South African media say a concert worker died in a stadium fall Saturday.
Model Naomi Campbell poses for selfies with some of her fans in the front row of the concert as it got underway on Sunday
Guests pose in the audience during the Global Citizen Festival which took place in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon
Chris Martin speaks onstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium alongside a dancer
The Coldplay singer was one of a star studded list of celebrities to address the crowd during the tribute event
Ed Sheeran performs during the Global Citizen Festival on Sunday. Global Citizen, an advocacy group, campaigns for an end to extreme poverty and other causes
Pharrell Williams was one of the headliners at the stadium for a 2013 memorial after the death of Mandela today
Usher gave an energetic performance to the roaring crowds and even changed into an African inspired outfit for part of his gig
Chris Martin and Pharrell Williams give a joint-performance in the Johannesburg stadium today
Usher performs during the Global Citizen Festival in front of a massive banner featuring Mandela in the background (left) and model Naomi Campbell (right) stands back stage
Zama Mandela (center) and other members of the Mandela family speak on stage to thank the capacity crowd for coming to the event
World leaders gathered at the stadium for a 2013 memorial after the death of Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and South Africa’s first black president.
The stadium was filled by thousands attending the concert. The festival gave a platform to government leaders, CEOs and others who pledged more funding for health care and other social programs.
In a recorded video message, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta promised more money in the national budget. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a $50 million pledge for education for girls and women around the world.
‘This is amazing!’ festival host Trevor Noah said as Trudeau’s tweet was shown on a big stadium screen.
Noah earlier recalled a comment by Mandela that poverty could be overcome through determined action. South Africa, where white minority rule ended a quarter-century ago, is struggling with one of the world’s highest rates of income inequality.
Naomi Campbell arriving at the event (left) and the model addressing the crowd at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium (right)
Comedians Trevor Noah and Dave Chappelle speak on stage during the Global Citizen Festival
Usher performs during the Global Citizen Festival surrounded by a phalanx of African dancers who rushed around on stage during his show
Colourfully clad dancers performed traditional routines as Usher performed some of his most famous hits at the event on Sunday
Prime Minister of Mozambique Carlos Agostinho do Rosario also gave a speech to the thousands packed into the enormous venue
South African stars Anele Mdoda and Pearl Thusi wave to the crowd as they gathered to celebrate the life of Mandela
Soweto Gospel Choir perform in a maze of colour as the stage lit up with ecclesiastical images behind them