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Paul Simon, Lijo, Billy Ilish Highlights Global Citizen Festival NYC

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One year after the coronavirus epidemic, the Global Citizen Live Festival has grown much bigger than before, hosting events on September 25 in eight cities from New York to Los Angeles to Mumbai.

The organisation’s flagship concert in New York City – where the GCF has been held since its inception in 2012 – drew more than 20,000,000 fans to Central Park’s Great Lawn. Less than two days ago, the park was soaked in two inches of rain, but most of the mud spots were covered with sand during show-time.

Those who missed the concert’s scheduled closing time of 10pm received a special treat when Paul introduced Simon to the festival’s headliner, Chris Martin of Coldplay. Martin announced, “We’re bringing Paul Simon, one of the best of the greats.” Minutes later, the 79-year-old singer, known for his work and his solo career at Simon & Garfunkel, stepped into the microphone and flashed a version of “The Boxer.” The 1969 song from Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” ended with a nice guitar interplay.

After bringing 922-year-old biologist EL Wilson to the stage, Simon ended the six-and-a-half-hour show by singing his most famous tune, “The Sound of Silence.” The day Simon & Garfunkel performed for about 500,000 people at the same venue in the park was almost 40 years old.

Simon’s wonderful presence marks a day off of music and messages, for which GFS is known. The epidemic is still growing, global warming is wreaking havoc around the world and the summer of anti-apartheid protests of 2020 is still resonating, comments from the platform have been specifically directed and not focused on the global goal of global citizens to eradicate world poverty by 2030 alone. More than 60 million Covid-19 vaccines, 157 million trees and 1 1.1 billion have been pledged for climate, famine and COVID-19 response efforts.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Chris Kuns have expressed concern about climate change and the need for congressional legislation. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke briefly about Bose’s cascade – a repetition of his presence at the same time at the August “We Love NYC Homecoming Concert”, which rained and was brief.

Artists also spoke. “Thank you for being here and seeing the world,” said Billy Ilish, bursting out. “Let’s just try to help the world and do what we can. I’m talking from my ass because I don’t know what to do. We need to try more. ”

Billy Ellis performs at the Global Citizen Festival, Saturday, September 25, 2021, in New York.  (AP Photo / Stefan Jeremiah)

The 19-year-old pop sensation danced around a huge stage like Daresh during his seven-song set, accompanied by a band that included brother Phineas. Highlights include: “Bad Guy,” “My Future,” and “Happy Than Ever,” which seems to reflect his current mood. Billy and Phineas later joined Coldplay on “Fix You”, with Billy pogoing on stage again.

Lizo digs deeper, reminding the crowd that the park was once known as Seneca Village, where he explained, “A prosperous African-American community was evicted here.” Apparently, Lizo did her homework. Seneca Village was founded in 1825 by liberated blacks, and the park was closed in 1857 for construction.

Lizo sang in New York on Saturday, September 25, 2021 during the Global Citizen Festival.  (AP Photo / Stefan Jeremiah)

Lizo was not disappointed with her form-fitting hot pink dress and fun banter where a fast-paced set included hits like “Good Age Hell” and “Juice”.

The boyfriend-girlfriend pairing of Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello got a lot of stage time together and separately. Cabello was shocked with Mendes on the first set of “Havana” and “Senorita”, whose comparisons were relatively simple, joining a subsequent duet. Judging from the social media, the bill was one of the two most discussed works, which caused a stir with the couple kissing on stage.

Singer Camilla Cabello, and Shawn Mendes shared a kiss on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Global Citizen Live in Central Park, New York.  (Photo by Ivan Agostini / Invasion / AP)

There was nothing vague about Jennifer Lopez, who performed her New York descent moves on hits such as the Bronx music “Jenny on the Block” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”. On the Lopez stage, LL Cool J and then Yu joined Ja Rule for duets of “What I Have,” “Isn’t It Funny” and “I’m Real”, respectively.

Rapper Mick Mill, R&B singer John Batiste and 80s icon Cindy Lauper provided short sets. The show began with Bob Marley’s “One Love” and a round-the-world medal of Marley and Peter Tosh’s “Get Up, Stand Up” which included Marley’s grandson, Skip, as well as Neil Rogers, Angelique Kidzu, Baptist, Martin and more.

Martin, a longtime Global Citizen supporter, and his band Coldplay were due to shut down the New York version of Global Citizen, which aired on network television and online. “Yellow,” “Clock” and “Viva La Vida” – none of which would make a suitable ending – they also brought Zambian singer Easter Chungu to the stage for her hit song “Jehovah”.

When Martin announced that Simon would be the final performer of the night, the crowd had already begun to pave the way for the exit by chanting the last break from “Viva la Vida” – an inspirational, spontaneous response. Days of music and action.

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