Multi-Grammy award winning R&B superstar Mary J. Blige is set to raise the roof when she performs at the BET Experience Africa at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, on Saturday, December 12. Blige, who last performed in South Africa in 2007, will join Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Young Thug on the same stage as African superstars AKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz at what is shaping up to be the lifestyle experience of the season.
Blige arrived on the music scene in 1992 with her multi-platinum debut album, ‘What’s the 411?’ In the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter’s musical strong suit has attracted an intensely loyal fan base – responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums and 25 million singles. With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 30 nominations) and four American Music Awards, Blige is only getting started. The singer returned just as fierce and compelling on her tenth studio album, the aptly titled ‘My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1)’ – a sequel to Blige’s 1994 classic ‘My Life’.
Blige is one of few entertainers in history to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum status. In a dazzling career spanning more than 20 years, she has released 11 studio albums and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks. Blige made Time magazine’s “Time 100” list of influential individuals around the world in 2007, and was ranked by Billboard magazine as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. Her 2006 song ‘Be Without You’ was the top R&B song of the 2000s, spending an unparalleled 15 weeks at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while ‘My Life’ is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time and Vibe. Rolling Stone also has listed her at number 100 on the list of “100 greatest singers of all time” and in 2012, music channel VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music”.
Coming to Africa for the first time in 2015, the BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Expected to wow visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase food, fashion, music, comedy, sport, sneakers and much, much more.
BET Experience Africa will feature live performances on an outdoor Festival Stage, supplemented by stand-up routines from various comedy stars. Fashionistas will also be able to check out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene from sneaker heads Hunting for Kicks and enjoy fashion shows from top South African designers. For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields including Fikile Mbalula, Minister for Sports & Recreation. Driving fanatics should enjoy the Drift Zone with high octane displays of extreme driving to get the pulse racing. Reserve your court-side seat for the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game and you could be watching top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy!
The BET Experience Africa is promoted in partnership with Glen 21 and inspired by the BET Experience, held annually in Los Angeles.
* Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za. Ticket prices, which give access to all of the above, range from R550 on the mezzanine level to R850 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500. Students qualify for a 10% discount by logging in to the Ticketpro website and using the passcode ‘STUDENT’.
For more information on the BET Experience Africa, visit www.betafrica.tv, or www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica.
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