A good number of musicians have been contracted to perform at the centennial celebration of late South African Leader, Philanthropist, and Diplomat, Nelson Mandela, christened ‘Mandela 100.’
Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, Wizkid — are the official artistes to convene on 2 December in Johannesburg – South Africa to perform.
Unfortunately, no Ghanaian musician made way into the list. The art work confirms it and the official website (www.globalcitizens.org) of the partnering body for the event, Global Citizen, confirms so too.
Ghana and South Africa have a long standing diplomatic tie. It therefore comes as a big shock why the brains behind late Nelson Mandela Centennial celebration, did not contract or invite even one Ghanaian musician or Poet to perform to characterize the event.
The line-up for the hosting duties is also impressive with the likes of philanthropist and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Forest Whitaker, South Africa’s own Bonang Matheba and Naomi Campbell.
Since its founding in 2012, Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people.
This year alone, Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030. Global Citizen brings its campaign to end extreme poverty to Johannesburg on 2 Dec.
One dare hazard that there was no communication between the organizers of the event and Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on this deluxe celebration which captures the spirit and essence of being a proud African.
Presspeep.com is doing our best to get in touch with the organizers of this event for a response. Stick and stay with us.
Credit: Jay Tomson