Hamilton returns to woo the crowds

2012-08-17 15:17

R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton is scheduled to perform his last show tonight in Durban. Lesley Mofokeng spoke to him in the throes of a biting Joburg chill

A flash snowfall in Joburg sent Anthony Hamilton repacking his bags, hauling out his winter warmers when he was expecting a summer vacation. We speak in the midst of a frenzy as Joburgers celebrate the rare sightings of snow and I tell him that it’s snowing – much to his amazement.

“I will have to go get my long johns, turtlenecks and that mean sweater,” he says.

Not any longer, because balmy days seem to have returned.

Ahead of embarking on the trip to these shores, Hamilton, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and famous for hits like Charlene told CNN that he will be visiting projects that take care of abused women and children in Alexandra township.

He plans to enjoy the trip as much as possible and do the mandatory safari.

“I also want to get across to as many people as possible.”

Hamilton has great memories from his last trip to South Africa and says that people came out in numbers to support his shows.

“I also went out to see Mandela’s house and it was a really powerful moment for me. And the drive to Mmabatho allowed me to see more of the country and take it all in.”

He says his latest album is proof that good R&B is still out there.

“There is not enough love, but lots of lust.”

Hamilton himself listens to Rick Ross and Nas, and his dream collaborators are Kanye West and Andre 3000.

He sells himself as an honest and home-grown talent who makes people feel like love, romance and chivalry never left the room.

“I want to create music that makes people feel good and proud of who they are, mistakes or not. I want them to feel that they can love better.”

» Hamilton performs his last show at the Wave House, Gateway, in Durban today

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