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MARY J. BLIGE NEW VENUE (article first published : 2007-08-24)

The Durban leg of the upcoming South African tour of hip-hop soul queen Mary J Blige will now be staged at the International Convention Centre (ICC). The move into a much larger venue was prompted by the massive demand for tickets in KZN.

Presented by METRO FM, The Edgars Music Series and Big Concerts, the tour kicks off in Johannesburg at the Coca-Cola Dome on October 18, before heading to ICC Durban on October 19, followed by a performance in Cape Town at the Bellville Velodrome on October 21.

The accomplished six-time Grammy Award winning R&B, soul, and hip-hop soul singer, songwriter, producer and actress has sold more than 34 million records worldwide, and is known for her electrifying live performances. Following her previous South African concerts in 2000, the local media described her as having a "smouldering stage presence" during her performance to an audience of over 48,000 ecstatic fans countrywide.

Mary J Blige is capable of conveying heartache and happiness in a single musical phrase. Her emotional honesty reflects the great traditions of blues and soul, and has won her countless honours and a devoted, ever-growing audience around the world. Critics and fans alike will be floored by her powerful combination of modern R&B with an edgy rap.

Mary J Blige will perform at ICC Durban on October 19. Tickets ranging from R160 to R280 available from Computicket.




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