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R.Kelly to Headline THISDAY Music Festival

This is a discussion on R.Kelly to Headline THISDAY Music Festival within the R. Kelly News & Announcements forums, part of the R. Kelly Discussion category; I think it's just past 7 p.m. down there so I wonder when he's gonna hit the stage. He's probably ...

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    I think it's just past 7 p.m. down there so I wonder when he's gonna hit the stage. He's probably doing some of his last minute preparations. I really hope we get some footage of this. I wanna see how he honors MJ.
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    yup...hopefully we get some sort of footage... i would also love to see how he honored MJ

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    Default R.Kelly in SA, Pays Tribute to Pop King

    R&B sensation, R.Kelly, who is in Africa for the first time to perform at various events organised by Arise magazine published by the THISDAY Group, used his performance at the THISDAY Music Festival at Sun City Superbowl in Capetown yesterday to pay tribute to his ‘mentor’, Michael Jackson. R.Kelly held the capacity crowd at the Super Bowl spell bound as he rendered three songs in tribute to late Michael Jackson. He sang two of Jackson’s songs: I’ll Be There and U’ll Never Be Alone and added his own If Only I Can Fly, in honour of the departed king of pop music.

    R.Kelly had earlier before yesterday show on hearing of the death of Michael Jackson mourned the late musician by saying that:
    "I am truly saddened that my mentor, brother and friend will no longer be with us physically. At the same time I feel so blessed to have been touched by his music, his dance, his lyrics and his pure genius. It is because of Michael's yesterday that I am who I am today! My condolences to his family and friends around the world. Michael Jackson rest in peace and may your music and legacy forever reign on Earth," he said.

    R.Kelly has written songs for the departed pop icon and some of their collaborations include Cry, from Michael Jackson's 2001 album, Invincible - a song in which he also performed the backup vocals , One More Chance and You Are Not Alone.

    R.Kelly will leave South Africa for Nigeria where he would perform in Lagos and Abuja between July 3rd and 5th.

    According to an announcement by the organisers of the THISDAY Music Festival 2009, the first show by R.Kelly in Lagos on July 3, will include a 3-course dinner which would allow members of the audience to meet and greet the top musician during and after party get together.

    The musician will later proceed to the Wembley Arena in London for his final performance in the 2009 THISDAY Music Festival on July 8.
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    If Only I Can Fly is that new?
    Baby I never meant to clip your wings, Now I'm wishing you could fly right back to me. - R. Kelly

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    They probably mean "I Belive I can Fly", since they referred to "You are not alone" as "U'll never be alone"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dan View Post
    They probably mean "I Belive I can Fly", since they referred to "You are not alone" as "U'll never be alone"...

    lol..maybe they are new...

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    Default Our hands-off encounter with R Kelly

    Unless he stays in your hometown, you don’t get to cross paths with American R&B music maestro, Robert Kelly often. Understandably, it was a spectacle when we bumped into him enjoying an evening stroll. The singer was visiting South Africa for a series of performances and decided to have some fresh air at Nelson Mandela Square in upmarket Johannesburg.

    While Kelly was all smiley, his security detail was in a totally different mood.
    Earlier in the day, Kelly’s management had forced journalists attending his press conference to sign contracts preventing them from publishing any material that he had not approved.

    The contract went as far as threatening journalists in breach of the contract with a R800,000 (Sh8 million) defamation lawsuit.

    Kelly’s managers said they were censoring local media so as to stop journalists from misquoting the super star.

    But we still tracked him down the streets, pressing for an interview — all in vain.

    Apart from one waitress who had a chance of a lifetime to hug the venerated singer, his fans had to contend with waving from afar. The paparazzi were not spared. The bodyguards had thrown a security ring around the singer and any civilised interaction was reduced to shouting and jostling to interview the singer who effortlessly ignored the questions. To get a good shot, the paparazzi had to wrestle his security detail. It was amazing that the security guys would not take the cue from their boss, as he was keen to earn a few more fans in Africa. But then, Kelly later apologised to journalists as South African police questioned his possible role in an investment scam where pensioners were swindled millions of dollars.


    "We apologise for any misunderstanding this may have inadvertently caused," a member of his team said.

    "Over the years we have found that the media have quoted R Kelly selectively or even misquoted him completely to create sensationalist publicity about him."

    The singer was due for questioning over a scam where a South African woman was arrested in 2005 for promising investors a hefty return from an R Kelly concert that never happened.

    Kelly was indicted in 2002 on 21 counts of having sexual intercourse with a minor. He was acquitted last year.

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    Default R.Kelly Plans ‘Unforgettable Show’ for Jackson

    R&B star, R. Kelly, who is currently on THISDAY Music Festival Tour in Africa, has hinted of plans to perform an unforgettable showcase in honour of Michael Jackson, the departed King of Pop.

    In a statement made available to THISDAY last night, the R. Kelly said the tragic circumstance of Jackson’s untimely death “has coincided with my current tour and I want to use this opportunity to pay tribute to my mentor and remind people of his genius and influence on all our lives”.

    He added: “As a result, I have re-focussed my show's set-list to include a special tribute to my dear friend when I play tomorrow in Cape Town before hitting Lagos, Abuja and London. But I also hope to collaborate and return with other artists who also knew - and worked with - Michael, to perform an unforgettable showcase in the near future.”

    In addition to THISDAY Media Centre, The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki, the tickets for the Lagos shows, scheduled for July 3 and 4, will now be sold at Chams City, 2 Isaac John Street, GRA Ikeja, to cater for the mainland.
    The tickets for the Abuja show, holding on July 5, will be sold at THISDAY Dome, Central Business District, Abuja and THISDAY Office, Plot 1,Sector 'B', Jabi Business District, Solomon Lar Way, Jabi North East, Abuja.

    Paying tribute to Jackson yesterday, R. Kelly said he “was and always will be a legend. His contribution to our generation and to music will last an infinite lifetime. Rather than losing sight and making negative judgements, I want to remind people of all the good things this man had done.

    “When I was growing up everyone idolised Michael and I was no exception - he was an inspiration to me. Michael was an innovator, he inspired me to look deeper into my own music to discover the true extent of my abilities.


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    wow..he is returning so there's room to see him tourinthe near future..excellent.

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    thumbsup Another review of Saturday's show

    R Kelly wows local fans

    R Kelly - one of the hottest R&B exponents today - made up for the two hours his patient fans waited for him.

    Wearing a white shirt and denim suit, he instructed his fans at the Sun City Superbowl to stand up and dance.

    As they complied, he launched into a marathon of popular songs. Contrary to his earlier fears at a press conference when he said he hoped he had chosen a relevant repertoire for the local audience, he seemed to have his finger on the pulse of his fans favourites.

    One song after another they screamed, went crazy and paid him the best compliment by singing along.

    At one point at the end of a song, he folded his arms, looked at the audience with surprise at just how much they loved and knew his songs.

    Seemingly affected by the loss of the legendary Michael Jackson, he whipped off his shirt to show a t-shirt that simply said "Legend", with the pretty face of the one-time king of pop.

    His spellbinding set simply whizzed by. That’s how engaging and brilliant he is at performing.

    The entire crowd was on its feet throughout the performance and everyone raved about the man who confessed to have stayed away from Africa because of his fear for flying. Looking truly liberated, he said he was no longer afraid, and launched into "I Believe I Can Fly".

    After the show, he kept his guests at the after party waiting for over an hour.

    But by the time he surfaced, he was wearing a hot red leather jacket and immediately shooed to a private lounge where only the likes of Patrice Motsepe were allowed.

    His adoring fans could only ogle him from a distance as he sat there and seemed to enjoy his moment of relaxation. Of course the ever- present sunglasses shielded his eyes, making him inscrutable.

    Earlier on he had been awarded 11 gold and platinum discs for his locally best selling albums in a career that has has spanned 18 years.

    Malaika held their own as they opened for the man who is affectionately referred to as a R. They went through a few favourites and a couple of new songs before leaving the stage for a Nigerian hip hop outfit.

    Kelly looks good, he’s hot but has an irritating habit of keeping people waiting. However, I have no doubt that Cape Town audiences at the Grand West, will enjoy him.

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