Brandy Concert Plays to Nearly Empty Stadium in South Africa

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 10:33 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Mississippi-born pop singer Brandy played to a nearly empty stadium at a South African concert earlier this week, performing two songs before walking off.

The Grammy Award-winning musician, who peaked atop the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart in the late 1990s, was a surprise guest at the Nelson Mandela Sports and Cultural Day concert in Soweto on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The surprise however was likely on the part of Brandy, who came out on stage before some 40 or so people in a stadium with a 90,000-person capacity.

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Prior to the poorly-attended performance, tens of thousands of South Africans had reportedly been in the stadium to watch rugby and soccer matches. The sports fans, however, left during four musical performances that preceded Brandy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

After performing two songs, Brandy reportedly walked off, South African musician Kabomo, who was one of the few people still at the stadium, relayed in a tweet.

When asked on Twitter why there were so few people in attendance for the musician who has a following around the world, Kabomo tweeted:

To add insult to injury, local media reported that the event's nationally televised broadcast concluded just before Brandy's concert began.

Brandy, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, generally promotes her appearances on Twitter and on other social media outlets, but did not in this instance, the Los Angeles Times noted. Additionally, her website "seemed to intend to showcase a video of the performance [and] had . . . nothing beyond the show's basic details," the Times wrote.

Neither Brandy nor her reps have commented as of yet on the embarrassing turnout in South Africa.

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In addition to her singing abilities, with hits like "Never Say Never," and her famous duet with singer Monica, "The Boy Is Mine", the 34-year-old artist has also starred in several movies and a number of TV sitcoms, including "90210," "Drop Dead Diva," and "Moesha," in which her character was the lead.

In addition to her music career, Brandy presently appears in CW's primetime comedy series, "The Game."

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