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Here Are 4 Events to Check Out During Global Citizen Weekend

Fill your schedule with these official events before Sunday's festival.

Johannesburg is the place to be this weekend, as the city Global Citizen festival—headlined by none other than Queen Bey—goes down on Sunday, December 2. The massive festival will also feature performances from Jay-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'Banj, Black Coffee, Pharrell, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Femi Kuti and more. Hosts include Trevor Noah, Danai Gurira, Dave Chapelle, Bonang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha and more. The keynote address will be given by the one and only Oprah Winfrey.

It'll be a jam-packed weekend of shows, panels, talks and more as some of the biggest names in music and entertainment gather in South Africa's main city to commemorate Nelson Mandela's centennial, and to bring attention to global social justice initiatives.


If you're looking for some plans ahead of the festival on Sunday, look no further. We've got you covered with four official events to check out this Global Citizens weekend.

The Next 100 Summit

OkayAfrica teams up with the Motsepe Foundation and Global Citizen to present The Next 100 Summit, which takes place on Thursday November 29. The event will explore the next 100 year's of Madiba's legacy and examine how we can work together to further his mission for years to come. In case you can't be there, the entire event will be streamed live on Youtube. Learn more about it here.

Celebrating Ubuntu

This free event, organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation Partners with Nabu.Org, GlobalCitizen, TEDx Johannesburg and Afrolit Podcast, will feature a talk between YoungParis, Darkie Fiction and Trevor Stuurman. The talk will be moderated by Bobo Matjila, and will address literacy in underserved communities. It's set to take place on December 1 from 5 PM to 8 PM. Check here for more information.

Africa Rising International Film Festival

The first-ever Africa Rising International Film Felstival is currently underway. The inaugural event will take place at Newtown Junction Mall and the Market Theatre & Market Theatre Square in Newtown, Joburg, and will highlight new technologies in cinema, with a focus on increasing youth audiences. Check out our list of four films to see during the festival.

Dave Chapelle's Pop-Up Jam

The legendary comedian will host a party featuring Frederic Yonnet, backed by the band with No Name and special guest DJ Trauma. The site describes the event as "a band-vs.-DJ sound clash, blurring all musical lines." You never know who else might pop up at this one. It goes down December 1 from 11 PM to 3 AM. You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets, here.


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The short film begins at the river with an initiation rite, then the sending out of the initiated woman to become a spy. There's also a love affair between two women of rival tribes that warrants a capture. Each scene of the movie introduces the fits to the collection as well as exhibiting the fluidity of the outfits.

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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