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Missed out on the RiRi experience?

2013-10-17 10:42
Rihanna in Cape Town
Cape Town - Despite the bad social media reviews of Rihanna's Joburg show, she proved her performance colours at the Cape Town gig.

Going into the Cape Town stadium on Wednesday, the first thing you realise is the sheer amount of teenagers and dragged-along parents whose money was pivotal in the procurement of tickets. Everyone paid homage to Rihanna-style with leather, studs and her various hairstyles from the past years.

Inside the stadium, you could almost touch the excitement and even if you were there to chaperone or be a supportive significant other, you couldn't help but get into the spirit of Rihanna fever. This was helped along by the DJ-tastic opening act GTA, a music duo hailing from the shores of Miami.

Their beats ensured that people didn't get too restless/bored from waiting for the Diamonds singer and definitely kept them from sitting down too much.

Although eight o'clock came and went with no Rihanna on stage yet, the stadium was still filling up (showing people's lack of faith in music stars being on time).

But around 20:45, the lights went out and the dancers came out on stage to present to us the Navy Queen, RiRi. Donned in a leopard unitard and a quarterback jacket, she started the show off pretty fierce, obviously channeling SA's wild side.

And of course some twerking was involved.

Accompanied by insane dancers, rocking guitar and keyboard gods and soulful backup singers, it was quite a thrilling performance, and when pyrotechnics got involved, it got even more... heated.


In regards to the lyp-synching claims from the Joburg concert, people overestimate a singer's ability to prance around on stage, dance and then belt out their lyrics in harmony. Although Rihanna heavily used a backtrack and stopped singing to do some moves, she went all out on the more melodic songs and stopped singing so that the crowd's thundering voice can join in.

Another upside was the fact that it was very clear that Rihanna was enjoying herself immensely. She did not stop smiling once and nothing of her performance gave you the impression it was staged or faked.

And does she know how to give a send-off! Giving an ovation-worthy rendition of her tour-titled song Diamonds and then walking... no... strutting off the stage wearing the South African flag like a cape, she stopped to look back at the crowd and then disappeared into the dark.

Haters are gonna hate, but no one can deny that Rihanna shone like a diamond in the South African sky.

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