Maxwell dazzles and pays tribute to Mandela in Joburg

By Drum Digital
08 December 2013

US soul singer Maxwell couldn’t stop telling the Johannesburg crowd just how much he loved being in its presence.

 The highly anticipated concert kicked-off with an emotional rendition of Brenda Fassie’s ‘Black President' in honour of the late Nelson Mandela.  The song had the audience (which was supposed to be seated) on its feet and with fists in the air.

Throughout the show one had the feeling that Maxwell had wanted to be in South Africa for the longest time. He seemed to be quite overwhelmed by the crowd at the sold out Dome in Johannesburg’s Northgate.

Maxwell dedicated the song ‘Help Somebody’ to Madiba in a full on tribute that had the singer teary-eyed.  Maxwell then kicked-off his performance with the hit ‘Sumthin Sumthin’ to the delight of the mostly female crowd.

He followed it up with hits from his earlier albums such as Now, Urban Hang Suite and the latest and widely popular BLACKsummers'night. Some South Africa's favourite songs such as Woman’s Work and Lifetime had the Dome reverberating in a sing along.

He closed off the show, after Thank Yous that went on forever, with the smash hit Pretty Wings which rounded off the awesome experience perfectly. - Sthembile Gasa

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