Mi­naj is dressed to kill on SA tour

CityPress - - News - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

US pop and hip-hop diva Nicki Mi­naj will shim­mer in gold lin­gerie un­der a black polka dot mesh cat­suit as she per­forms hits like Ana­conda on lo­cal stages in March. This week, the Grammy Award-nom­i­nated star an­nounced that her Pinkprint Tour – which kicked off in Stock­holm, Swe­den, last year – will end in Mzanzi, with con­certs in Joburg, Dur­ban and Cape Town.

The tour prom­ises four cos­tume changes: the 33-year-old singer will flaunt her curves in a cat­suit, a gold-dipped skirt with match­ing thigh-high boots, a frilly pink bra with a shiny tutu, and a jumpsuit de­scribed by con­cert­go­ers as re­sem­bling “a bro­ken pink disco ball”. Mi­naj is rather par­tic­u­lar about her off-stage needs. Ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail, she re­quired two dozen pink or white roses and can­dles that smelled like baked goods in her dress­ing room at a Lon­don con­cert two years ago.

For lunch, Mi­naj de­manded buck­ets of spicy fried chicken – “no thighs, lots of wings” – a large cheese plat­ter, a deli tray of cold meats and a set of fine sil­ver­ware.

Pinkprint started on a sad note and was nearly can­celled when Mi­naj’s roadie, De’Von Pick­ett, was killed in a knife fight out­side a club in Philadel­phia a month be­fore the tour was due to start.

Mi­naj tweeted at the time: “Two mem­bers of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days re­hears­ing for the tour ... Con­do­lences to your fam­ily. Un­be­liev­able.”

Pick­ett also worked with su­per­stars Brit­ney Spears, Kanye West and Ri­hanna.

But Mi­naj de­creed that the show must go on, say­ing Pinkprint would pay homage to her de­ceased friend.

She will per­form in Joburg on Thurs­day, March 17, in Dur­ban on Sun­day, March 20, and in Cape Town on Tues­day, March 22.

Nicki Mi­naj

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