Toni Braxton & Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds rocked Durban with their performance last night as they kicked off the South African leg of their African tour at Moses Mabhida Stadium!!
If you were in the crowd last night you would definitely agree that Toni Braxton and Babyface, both award winning artists, rocked the stage in Durban last night with their electric performances.
The acclaimed music producer, singer and songwriter popularly known as Babyface and Nineties superstar Toni Braxton kicked off their South African tour in Durban last night.
This is one concert you should not miss!! The duo will move on to perform in Cape Town at Grand Arena, Grandwest on September 1 and in Johannesburg on September 3. For those die-hard Toni Braxton and Babyface fans there is also an extra show in Johannesburg for only 3 000 guests, hospitality suites with a premium bar and food service. Tickets are available on www.ticketpro.co.za and start from R 4000.
Although he stepped on the stage at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium an hour late, Edmonds had adoring fans on their feet singing along from the get go. The weather in Durban felt like a summers night and even a few drops of rain halfway through the concert did not stop fans singing and dancing to his music. Babyface was thrilled with Durban and even commented that he would not mind moving here!
Babyface thrilled the audience with ‘Someone to love’ as well as popular songs he had written for other artists like Boyz ll Men’s ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ and Tevin Campbell’s ‘Can We Talk’. Fans overpowered Edmonds voice when they sang along as he sang songs he had written songs for Boys II Men.
Fans went wild as Babyface ran through the crowd and around the stadium to greet them during one of his songs.
“Ever since I was a little boy I was always falling in love and writing love songs so I decided to sing all those songs I wrote for other people,” he said.
Screaming women stomped their feet and waved their arms in the air when he started to unbutton his shirt.
Edmonds and Toni Braxton performed individually and were to meet on the stage together to perform of tracks from their album “Love, Marriage & Divorce”, which won the Best R&;B Album award at the Grammys this year.
Toni Braxton was backed by two of her sisters, Braxton belted out ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough’, ‘How Could an Angel Break My Heart’ and several other hits as well as a cover of ‘Between the Sheets’.
Braxton invited several fans onto the stage to help her during some of her songs including an elderly lady who was celebrating her 40th anniversary and a couple from the Boston, USA who followed her to South Africa to see her perform.
On her first visit to South Africa, a shocked Toni was thrilled that the crowd knew all the words to her songs and sang along throughout her set.
She gratefully thanked the crowd for their support and explained how she almost quit singing after discovering she had Lupus, a chronic disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its tissues and organs, but through the support of Babyface, Lady Gaga and other good friends, she was able to pull though and continue doing what she loves.
“My doctor told me that I would never be able to perform again but God had other plans for me,” she said.
Towards the end of the show Babyface joined Toni on stage to perform ‘Hurt You’ before Toni ending the night with a breathtaking performance of ‘Unbreak My Heart’.