You might be wondering why a rock n roll/electronic music lover like myself is posting about Mariah Carey, but I’m also a HUGE pop fan and Mariah Carey was one of the first I ever got into! Back in 1994 and I was just a youngin, hanging around my parents’ garden doing gymnastics, building forts and playing garden cricket. After years of a solid hard rock and classic pop background, it was my junior school needlework class that introduced me to urban sounds. The Now tape (no CDs) with Vanessa Williams’s Save the Best for Last, Jon Secada’s Just Another Day and Technotronic’s Pump up the Jam was rapidly being replaced by Boys II Men, Shaggy, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Off to school I’d go, in the small Namibian town I grew up in, where needlework was a subject. Our teacher was a strange, large, heavy breathing Afrikaans women, who happened to think I was the worst needleworker on the planet. She wasn’t wrong. Considering I would half all the numbers on my knitting pattern to reduce the work I needed to do, which resulted in all my dolls coming out like Quasimodo, my creations were pretty terrible. Whenever she’d go around the class asking everyone how they were getting on, she would say, “Anne, fine, you know what you’re doing. Jann, fine, you know what you’re doing. Carmen, fine, know what you’re doing. Megan, you cope?” “Yes Miss.” Another day, another Quasimodo. But to her credit, she allowed us to listen to urban music in her classroom. Class by class we’d sing away to Down on Bended Knee, Oh Carolina and Any Time You Need a Friend.
One day I asked my Dad for R50. Of course he was surprised and enquired why – especially back in the 90’s where R50 was a lot of cash! I said, “Because I’d like to buy Mariah Carey’s album.” He said yes. And that is the first album I ever bought, I think I was 10! ALLLLLLLLLL these years later, I’m thrilled to announce Mariah Carey will be playing live in concert in Cape Town. I’m so sad it’s at the stadium as the sound is absolutely awful there, which is a pity considering her voice is the most important thing. None the less, here’s everything you need to know:
MARIAH CAREY SWEET SWEET FANTASY TOUR SOUTH AFRICA
Mariah Carey is a music icon, a soul legend, a pop phenomenon, a breathtaking live artist and planet Earth’s best-selling female artist of all time. She has sold over 220 million records and 17 of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles have been self-penned, including ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘Hero’, ‘Touch My Body’, ‘One Sweet Day’, and ‘We Belong Together’, more than any other solo artist. She has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting.
MARIAH CAREY LIVE IN CAPE TOWN
- What: Mariah Carey, Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour
- When: 26th of April 2016 (Tuesday)
- Where: Cape Town Stadium – Intimate Configuration (whatever that means!)
- Time: Says 9am, but I doubt that’s the official time.
- Tickets: On sale, 9am the 17th of December 2016
- Ticket Cost: R340 – R1020
“Lambily, it’s been too long!! I’m so excited to be coming to South Africa to perform for you all. I promise we’re going to share the most amazing moments together and I have so many surprises in store for you daahhlings! Can’t wait to see you all in your hometowns. Love Mariah xx”
Tickets for all South African tour dates (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban) go on sale at 9am on Thursday 17 December 2015 from Big Concerts and Computicket.
MARIAH CAREY OFFICIAL FAN ONLINE SPECIALS:
As of Tuesday, 15th of December Honey B. Fly Legacy members will receive first access to tickets and official VIP Packages on the official Mariah Carey website. Fans may purchase a “Honey B. Fly Live Pass”, which gives them access to ticket & VIP Package pre-sales, but also a free membership to Honey B. Fly, access to the HBF Community forum and exclusive members-only promotions. Fans who are already registered may upgrade their account with the Honey B. Fly.
VIP & Hospitality
Meet and Greet Package – R7190
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with Mariah Carey, – Professional photo opportunity with Mariah Carey, – Top priced seated ticket in the 2nd row, – Souvenir Mariah Carey tour laminate & lanyard, – Exclusive Mariah Carey tour gift, – Designated check-in with our on-site event staff.
Front Row Package – R3290
– Top priced seated ticket in the front row, guaranteed! – Souvenir Mariah Carey tour laminate & lanyard, – Exclusive Mariah Carey tour gift, – Designated check-in with our on-site event staff,
Hot Ticket Gold Package – R2430
– Top priced seated ticket in rows 3-10, – Exclusive Mariah Carey tour gift, – Souvenir Mariah Carey tour laminate & lanyard, – Designated check-in with our on-site event staff.