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2008-11-29 10:23

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Yes, we were all very upset when she postponed her South African tour in May and had our doubts when we heard there won’t be an opening act at her re-scheduled concert. But after last night’s mind-blowing show we agree it was well worth the wait! Her performance was a real treat. Of course, nothing less can be expected from this soul sensation. Mary has always been respected and adored for her embellished and flavoured soul music. She had the courage to start something that is new and something that she could call her own – her own hybrid hip-hop soul. Her blonde hair, the ghetto rough attitude and her infamous combat boots have always made her stand out amongst other R&B booty babes.

Mary offered us a jam-packed show singing all the songs we wanted to hear from when she first burst into to the music scene with her debut What’s the 411 to tunes we haven’t heard before from her upcoming album, Growing Pains. From her much-loved song “I'm Going Down" to more contemporary urban R&B tunes like “No More Drama”, “Family Affair”, “Be Without You” and “Good Woman Down” just to name but a few, Mary preached wise words encouraging us to stay afloat in life and never let anything get us down.

She’s a simple and down-to-earth woman who has the same fears, insecurities and imperfections as all of us. Unlike other artists who seem immune to pain and suffering her music is about her hardships, trials and tribulations and she assures us that this is all part of being alive and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up because of the mistakes we make in life. Mary J was definitely addressing all the sisters out there and telling us we must be proud to be who we are. She also gave us a taste of her new album, Growing Pains, where she says that we should all stop whining about pain but start accepting it as something that comes with growing up.

This is definitely one real sista and she’s is without a doubt the finest soul singer of our time. If you missed her show last night don’t sweat. Check out our video taster above of why it was off-the-hook!

-Tiisetso Tlelima

No glamorous ball gowns, no entourage of over-choreographed dancers and certainly no over-the-top booty shaking to sidetrack us from Ms. Blige’s very rare singing talent! Mary J had a fiery enough presence to move the Grandwest Arena audience with her unique brand of contemporary R&B and edgy rap resonance. She proved she isn’t called the Queen of hip-hop, soul and R&B for nothing. By the time she finished we were all begging for more of her seasoned soulful voice.
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