BET Experience kicks off with a glitzy presser
The much-anticipated BET Experience Africa kicked off on Friday morning with a glitzy press conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton.
International R&B superstar Mary J Blige was the centre of attention in a platinum bob and all-white jumpsuit. She shared her excitement to be in South Africa again, her first visit since 2008. Blige said her set list would be influenced by her fans and life experiences. “I try to put together the stuff people remember the most, not just the hits,” she shared in a rich, laid-back drawl.
It’s soul artist Raphael Saadiq’s first visit and he admitted that he was surprised by the musical choices his South African fans wanted to hear – that we know his music at all excited him.
Saturday’s megaconcert and festival offered a new kind of lifestyle showcase to visitors that celebrates urban culture through live acts, clothing exhibitions, motivational talks and basketball games.
Local stars AKA and Emtee shared that they shot a music video for a collaborative track on Thursday. They were billed alongside other African musicians Diamond Platnumz and Flavour. It was a breakout year for our female emcees, and rappers Patty Monroe and Fifi Cooper were great representatives.
Local comedian Tats Nkonzo and Kenyan comedian Churchill had the room roaring with laughter, giving guests a dose of what to expect from the stand-up comedy sessions at BET.
TV personality Minnie Dlamini, rapper Stilo Magolide, designers David Tlale and Anisa Mpungwe, and NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos were in attendance too.
Notably missing from the press conference were singer Maxwell and rapper Young Thug.
SOUL SINGER Raphael Saadiq represented old-school R&B