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Stevie Wonder to headline Global Citizen Live concert in LA

Popular musician Stevie Wonder will headline Global Citizen Live’s star-studded 24-hour concert in Los Angeles this month.

The 25-time Grammy Award winner joins a list of music acts worldwide to perform during the 24-hour fundraising event on 25 September.

The concert is to help raise funds and awareness of poverty, climate change and the need for more access to COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide.

When he was announced as the artist to headline the concert, he expressed his gratitude in a statement.

He said: “It is again my pleasure and honor to join with all of the artists who are using their gift of song to celebrate the Global Citizen event by doing our part in working against global warming, starvation, and singing for equality around the world. … We Are The Village!!!”

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The Global Citizen Live concert is expected to take place on six continents. Along with Los Angeles and London concerts, performances and segments will happen in New York, Paris, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Lagos.

Other artists performing at the Global Citizen Live concert includes;

  • London – Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Maneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Rag’n’Bone Man.
  • France – DJ Snake, Stormzy, Christine and the Queens and special guest performances by Angélique Kidjo, Charlie Puth, and Fatma Said.
  • Lagos – Femi Kuti, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Made Kuti.
  • Brazil – Alok, Mart’nália, Criolo, Liniker, with special guests Tropkillaz, Mosquito, and Sydney
  • Australia – Delta Goodrem, with more artists to be announced soon.

Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Usher, Lizzo, Elton John, Doja Cat, Metallica, Camila Cabello and Black Eyed Peas are set to perform at different locations.

What makes Stevie Wonder a spectacular performer?

Stevie Wonder, whose real name is Stevland Hardaway Morris, is best known for his huge hits, “Superstition”, “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Happy Birthday”.

His career has been an extremely successful one, making him one of the most important persons in the music industry. He was born six weeks premature on 13 May 1950, and it’s been speculated that his blindness was caused by excessive oxygen exposure when he was placed in an incubator.

One thing that makes his music and live performances spectacular is that it is characterised by an unmistakable sense of joy and positivity, even when tackling serious social and racial issues.

What has he been up to recently?

In 2020, Stevie performed for the “One World: Together At Home” broadcast, curated by Lady Gaga, in support of healthcare workers on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic and the World Health Organisation.

He also released two songs in October 2020 for the first time in 15 years titled “Can’t Put It in the Hands of Fate”, featuring Rapsody, Cordae, Chika and Busta Rhymes and “Where Is Our Love Song”.

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Jennifer Madunagu
Jennifer Madunagu is a diction/phonetics instructor and also a creative writer. She loves seeing movies and enjoys reading books. To follow Jennifer Madunagu - Twitter: @Jmadunagu

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