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Alicia Keys And Stevie Wonder Rock Concert To End Global Poverty

posted 30 Sept 2013, 15:49 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 30 Sept 2013, 15:50 ]

Serious star power, including singers Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder, comes toNew York's Central Park for a benefit concert to end global poverty.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORKUNITED STATES (GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL) -  Around 60,000 people packed Central Park's Great Lawn in New York on Saturday (September 28) to attend the 2013 Global Citizen Festival.

The charity festival which celebrated achievements made towards ending extreme poverty, had performances by Alicia KeysStevie Wonder, Kings of Leon and John Mayer.

Before the concert, Keys called Saturday's event "historic."

"Being able to play the Great Lawn today, tonight to, in support of ending global poverty is like unbelievable," the 14-time Grammy winner said.

"I am going to be able to like, 30 year from now, I will be like, I was there," she added.

Wonder said about his participation: "What I want to do is being a part of the family that says 'listen, we're going to make a difference in the world.' We are going to change the way the things have been for so long to what we need to have."

The free ticket event is in its second year and is sponsored by the Global Poverty Project, a non-profit organization that aims to end extreme poverty in the world.

Among the guests were United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and World Bank President Jim Young Kim.