My first introduction to Toni Braxton was through her ‘The Heat’ album. My sister Vuyokazi had the album and particularly taught me the lyrics to ‘The Heat’ and ‘’ which were her favourites on the album. I was merely 11 years old.
Years later I rediscovered Toni when the late Eddie Zondi played ‘Another Sad Love Song’ on his show. Recognising the voice, nostalgia had me searching high and low for her music and turned me into a superfan.
The star is currently in South Africa with long-time collaborator Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, where they are set to perform in what promises to be four evenings of great song. Here are three reasons (not that you need any) to go see them live.
1. Great catalogue of music
Both iconic singer/songwriters shaped the sound of R&B throughout the 90s both as individual superstars and collaborators. Babyface has won 11 Grammy Awards while Toni has won 7.
2. Great and vast stage experience
Toni’s Sectrets Tour (1997), Libra Tour (2006) and Summer Tour all boast sold out shows due to fans who want to see the virtuoso’s enchanting live performances.
3. Love, Marriage and Divorce is a great album
Love, Marriage & Divorce, debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 (Toni’s sixth Top Ten entry on the chart) and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
They will be performing at Borrowdale Racecourse in Harare, Zimbabwe on 28 August, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 30 August, Grand Arena at Grandwest in Cape Town on 1 September and at The Ticketpro Dome on 3 September.
Tickets are still available through www.ticketpro.co.za so run along and get yours.
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