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Justin Timberlake is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

The pop singer has been recruited – along with rapper Lupe Fiasco – by Ethiopian-born pop star Kenna for the mission, to raise awareness of the world water crisis.

This latest charity attempt on Africa’s highest mountain follows the successful climb carried out by a group of British and Irish stars earlier this year, including Take That's Gary Barlow and Boyzone's Ronan Keating. Their climb raised over £3,326,142 for Comic Relief.

Timberlake’s climb has a special significance for Kenna, whose hits include Out Of Control.

“My dad almost died as a child from waterborne diseases in Ethiopia, and he had talked to me about digging a well there, and I thought, ’I have too many friends who would be concerned with the subject of clean water,” he said. “Maybe I can help out.’”

And it is a challenge Lupe Fiasco is looking forward to: “I’m an adventure junkie. Part of the motivation is beating Kenna to the top. Sabotaging his tent, taking the lining out of his coat, lacing it with ants or something like that. [The water crisis in Africa] is a universal problem; it’s all mounting to the point where eventually there’s no clean water left. If I did a song, it would be jam-packed with so much information, it would almost be like we fit the substance of an entire interview in three and a half minutes.”

The climb is expected to take place later this year.

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