Beyoncé honors the late Nelson Mandela with a strong open letter ahead of his appearance at a festival that celebrates the former president of South Africa next month.
The singer "Everything Is Love" and her husband, Jay-Z, will be performing at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 2 to mark Mandela's legacy and the 100-year anniversary of anti apartheid. the birth of a leader.
In a letter entitled "Dear Madiba," which was also published in the South African newspaper Sowetan, Beyoncé explained how the lessons he had taken from the 2004 meeting with Mandela had become a guiding force in his own life.
"Your kindness and gratitude for every experience, and your ability to forgive are lessons that I have learned and will be passed on to my three children," he wrote. "My whole family respects you very much."
The singer first met Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, at the AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town and joined him on a visit to Robben Island, where he was imprisoned for 18 years before the fall of apartheid.
"I remember your measured but focused steps when you told stories of your struggles, sacrifices and endurance," he wrote about Mandela's initial impression. "At that time I truly understood your heart and humility."
"You make it possible for many people like me to reject the impossibility and understand our ability to make lasting changes in the world," he continued. "The smallest effort can change the trajectory for many people who live in extreme poverty, face injustice, racism indecency and fight for their rights as human beings."
Usher singer, Ed Sheeran, artists Kacey Musgraves, Pharell, and Africa including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and Femi Kuti will join Beyoncé, with Oprah Winfrey delivering the festival's main speech.
Beyonce praised Mandela's vision "for dignity, for human rights, for peace" which not only changed the course of South African history but also had broad implications globally.
"I promise you that we have realized your dream," he wrote.
"Your work and sacrifice are not in vain. I will appreciate every moment shared before you and use the lessons learned from you as fuel to drive positive ideas and solutions. "
The festival is organized by the Motsepe Foundation, which aims to end poverty through education and job creation.
To read the complete Beyoncé letter, please go to the website.