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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 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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