It was only 2003 when a very young Beyoncé received a kiss from Nelson Mandela, at the 46664 AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town.
15 years and hundreds of concerts later, this time accompanied by her husband and partner in music, Beyoncé will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in South Africa to honor the late anti-apartheid leader.
It will be a series of events to celebrate and mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mandela, who passed away in 2013. It will also be the culmination of the Global Poverty Project dedicated to the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Full of energy and fresh new success after their OTR II European tour, The Carters are not the only worldwide artists to pay homage through their music: Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin and Usher are also on the line-up. But also African names will give their tribute, such as Cassper Nyovest and Sho Madjozi.
The Mandela 100 concert will take place on December 2 in Johannesburg and fans could win free tickets to the festival from August 21 by signing up on the official website and asking world leaders to make major investments to end global inequality.
For Beyoncé ad Jay-Z, it will be the first performance in Africa after 10 years, and this time as part of an initiative by an NGO that aims to eradicate poverty by 2030. Music can always help!