Minaj is dressed to kill on SA tour
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.