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Billy Porter, Angélique Kidjo join NYC Global Citizen Festival lineup

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The highly-anticipated Global Citizen Festival has added more acts to its already star-studded lineup.

Presented by Citi and Cisco, the Global Citizen Festival is calling on world leaders, major corporations and philanthropic foundations to take to the Global Citizen Festival stages and announce new commitments to End Extreme Poverty NOW. Joining the lineup are Angélique Kidjo and Billy Porter, as well as Amber Ruffin, Antoni Porowski, Bill Nye, Chris Redd, Connie Britton, Jay Shetty, Katie Couric, Katie Holmes, Misty Copeland, Rachel Brosnahan, Scott Evans, Tamron Hall, and Van Jones also joining as presenters. 

“The future of the continent of Africa, and indeed the planet, depends on the empowerment of women and girls,” said Kidjo. “I am proud to collaborate with Global Citizen to send a clear message to governments and leaders: it’s time to listen to the next generation. The young women and girls of Africa are not silent – they deserve to be heard. It’s time for the world to take notice.” 

“I want to keep changing the world in as many ways as I can, and this year we’re taking it to the next level,” said Porter. “It’s been an extraordinary privilege to work with Global Citizen over the past few years, and I’m so excited to be joining the incredible lineup performing in Central Park for the festival’s 10th anniversary.”

Kidjo and Porter join previously announced performers, including Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía in New York City, and Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, and TEMS in Accra. Uncle Waffles is joining the lineup of performers in Global Citizen Festival: Accra at Black Star Square, with Berla Mundi, Joselyn Dumas, Michaela Coel, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Sabrina Dhowre Elba joining as presenters and host Danai Gurira.  

“The impact the Global Citizen movement has had on the most pressing issues facing humanity over the last 10 years would not be possible without the ongoing support of the world’s biggest artists and entertainers,” said Katie Hill, SVP, Head of Music, Entertainment & Artist Relations, Global Citizen. “Seeing artists including Usher, Metallica, Danai Gurira, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Billy Porter and Rachel Brosnahan returning to the Global Citizen stage and continuing to use their platforms and energy to drive impact for the mission to end extreme poverty is truly inspiring. We are grateful to all of the artists, hosts and presenters joining us on September 24th in Accra and New York City and look forward to inspiring action and long lasting impact across the globe.”

The New York City leg of the Global Citizen Festival will take place on Sept. 24 at Central Park. The festival will air on ABC, ABC News Live, iHeartRadio, Hulu, FX and Veeps in the United States, Albavision in Latin America, Canal+ in Africa, Bis in Brazil, Nine Network (9Now) in Australia, TimesLive in Africa and more. It will also broadcast online on YouTube, Twitter, Amazon Music, the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, Apple Music, and the Apple TV app. 

For more information about the 2022 Global Citizen Festival, visit www.globalcitizen.org.

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