By Robyn Collins
Utilizing the influence of musicians is a crucial part of a new project intended to inspire young people in swing states to vote in the 2016 election. That’s why Wale, Vic Mensa, Ani DiFranco and Talib Kweli have been recruited by Global Citizen’s Show Up and Vote campaign to perform shows in key locations.
Justine Skye and Madame Ghandi will also lend their talents to the initiative, which will take place in Las Vegas from October 24 to 25 at the World Market Center; Columbus, Ohio on October 28 at Express Live; and Orlando, Florida on November 3 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
“I’ve been traveling the country on my Vote Dammit tour and it’s been inspiring to see so many people energized about the idea of participating in the electoral process and breathing new life into our democracy,” DiFranco said in a statement. “I hope that this event will help further galvanize young voters in the crucial state of Florida to participate in this and every election.”
Last month, the social action platform hosted its fifth Annual Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn in Central Park, featuring performances from Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer and Metallica.
Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen says, “As we have seen around the world, non-participation in the electoral process represents a serious threat to the notion of citizenship at home and abroad. Global Citizen is excited to get out and mobilize young people in key states to use their voice.”
For more information and the full lineup for each city visit globalcitizen.org.