Two Nigerian superstars Wizkid and Tiwa Savage and international stars Pharrell Williams and David Guetta are among the artists contributing new music to Global Citizen EP 1.
The EP is a four-track collection released by the International advocacy organization Global Citizen in partnership with Warner Music Group and Atlantic in the lead-up to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 that will hold on December 2 in Johannesburg.
The Global Citizen EP 1, available for pre-order on Tuesday and launching on all streaming platforms on Friday, November 30, includes four new tracks featuring Pharrell Williams, Stormzy, Wizkid, and Cassper Nyovest, among many others, and was overseen by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, the curator of Global Citizen’s annual live music festivals.
Throughout the EP, galvanizing messages for change and hope can be heard amid a blend of global sounds. The words of human rights legend Nelson Mandela even appear on the opening track, “Rise UP,” while the music video for “E-Lo” was inspired by the former South African president’s life.
“For hundreds of years, we have witnessed the power of music in bringing people together to drive activism and demand change,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen. “We are thrilled to release Global Citizen EP 1 with new songs from these incredible artists who stand with us in the fight to defeat extreme poverty, and we are extremely grateful to Dave Holmes, Parlophone Records, and Atlantic Records for their dedicated partnership and support as we demand to see an end to extreme poverty by 2030.”
The EP will be released in the US by Atlantic US and globally by Parlophone while proceeds from the project will support Global Citizen’s campaigning around gender equality, education, clean water, and more.
Fans can preorder the album here.
Global Citizen EP 1 full tracklist:
1. Rise Up (feat. Nelson Mandela) – Stargate
2. E-Lo (feat. Jozzy) – Los Unidades & Pharrell Williams
3. Timbuktu (feat. Stormzy & Jess Kent) – Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades
4. Voodoo (feat. Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Danny Ocean & David Guetta) – Stargate & Los Unidades
Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will feature performances by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti and Usher, among others.