Chris Brown at 'African Grammys' with Rihanna

2012-12-30 22:11

Abidjan - US rapper Chris Brown arrived with singer Rihanna in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan on Sunday, where he was due to perform at an African music awards show.

Brown was billed as the star attraction at the glitzy Kora Awards, dubbed the "African Grammys", that recognise musical achievements from around the continent.

The event was initially set to take place on Saturday, but was delayed at the last minute. Organiser Ernest Adjovi initially blamed the delay on Brown missing his flight, but later said heavy rains and other logistical hiccups were behind the postponement.

R&B star Brown landed overnight in Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital. Rihanna, who hails from Barbados, was by his side, wearing dark glasses.

The pair have a tumultuous history, and celebrity watchers obsessed about whether they are an item again after Brown admitted assaulting Rihanna in a case dating back to the 2009 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Past Kora ceremonies have been attended by Nelson Mandela and the late "King of Pop" Michael Jackson.

Brown, whom fans call Breezy, was also slotted to perform at a "Peace for Africa" concert at a stadium in Abidjan on Sunday afternoon.

Artists including the Nigerian duo P-Square, winner of the last top Kora prize in Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou in 2010, will also take part in that event.

The Kora Awards were due to start at 20:30 GMT at a luxury hotel.

For Ivory Coast, which is still recovering from four months of post-election violence that ended in April 2011 after claiming some 3 000 lives, the event signals a return to normalcy.

But the awards have drawn fire over the price of admission, with tickets costing one million CFA francs for a seat in the luxury hotel for the ceremony.

Such a sum is far from the reach of this poor west African country, the world's top cocoa producer.

Brown was sentenced to five years probation, a year-long domestic violence programme and 180 days of community labour after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2009.

Comments

  • mpho.gift.1804 - 2012-12-30 23:25

    Breezy,enjoy celeb status whilst it last son. Riri is yours love her. Both of you love each other plus age is on your side to rectify mistakes.You served your sentence

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-12-31 08:21

      It’s going to be a hit

  • nelson.sibisi - 2012-12-30 23:58

    love each other forever.y're meant to be together forever, whatever is beautiful and happiness, whatever close to u'r heart y've got yeah. god bless

  • nelson.sibisi - 2012-12-30 23:59

    love each other forever.y're meant to be together forever, whatever is beautiful and happiness, whatever close to u'r heart y've got yeah. god bless

  • Spha - 2012-12-31 01:52

    i must say Breezy u are a lucky dude in having a girl like Riri,she myks me drool n i cnt help it i like her man(hope u learn n dnt do what bobby n whitney did). ill b waitin on d wing if u dare let her go.Looooooooooooooool!!

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-12-31 03:46

    Ja nne , Brown and Rihanna back together again. The brother must be having something special that Rih couldn't help it but had to get him back into her arms. Big up to Chris

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-12-31 06:52

    Their relationship its on n off.

      anele.phiri - 2013-01-21 07:54

      Like any other relationships

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-12-31 07:16

    This reminds me of a Britney spears song. Hit me baby one more time

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2012-12-31 07:40

    And southafricans are still bitter?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-31 07:40

    . Totally amazing, how some women,being physically abused by her partner... go back for more !!!!

  • tinyiko.ompie - 2012-12-31 07:55

    Is this a story come on sies

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