Trevor Noah — comedian, political commentator, actor, and host of The Daily Show — has been announced as the host of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. The free-ticketed event taking place on 2 December at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year and presenting the biggest campaign on the Global Goals to end extreme poverty ever.
Noah will be joined by comedian, actor, writer, and producer Dave Chappelle, as well as award-winning South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha as co-hosts.
The lineup of co-hosts will also feature Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker. Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
And multi-Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves will perform at the festival, alongside headliners Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.
“It is an honour to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival event celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela,” Noah told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am where I am today living as a free South African because of much of what he did, and so I’m beyond excited to be teaming up with so many others to pay tribute to the man in his home country.”
Musgraves told Billboard, “I’m so thrilled to be heading to South Africa to be part of Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. I’m humbled to be able to work with such an incredible organization and help bring attention to the tireless work they do to end extreme poverty.”
“I’m so proud to be standing alongside Global Citizens who are dedicated to shaping humanity and advocating for systemic change and living a life full of purpose,” Mbatha told People. “Nelson Mandela’s legacy implores and challenges us to live a life of service to each other and especially the marginalized.”
K Naomi, Lucas Radebe, Nandi Madida, Pearl Thusi, Somizi, and Zakes Bantwini will also join the event as Global Citizen: Mandela 100 Advocates to support the campaign against extreme poverty.
The Mandela 100 Festival is the capstone event of Global Citizen’s year-long Be the Generation campaign, in partnership with the House of Mandela, inspired by the revered former leader of South Africa and his lifelong dedication to rallying people together to use their collective voices to speak for the most marginalized people.
In one of his last public speeches, Mandela famously called for this generation to realise an end to extreme poverty. In addition to the Mandela 100 Festival, Global Citizen has campaigned on his message with activist-driven events in Vancouver, London, Brussels, and at the upcoming 2018 Global Citizen Festival to be held in New York’s Central Park on 29 September.