10 August 2012 by Sarah Came

John Legend feels ‘at home’ in South Africa

John Legend says:  “I always feel so welcome here”. He is performing live at the Sandton Convention Centre on 10 August 2012 and will be appearing as a guest judge in an upcoming episode of Idols South Africa.

John Legend speaking to press

Tonight, 4 000 lucky South Africans will get the opportunity to see R&B/hip hop superstar John Legend perform in a carbon neutral concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Soulful jazz house group MiCasa and R&B singer/songwriter Unathi Msengana will be opening for the multi-award winning singer.

Speaking at a media conference at Melrose Arch African Pride Hotel on Women’s Day
(9 August), Legend shared his feelings about South Africa, the celebration of Women’s Day in our country, and how it feels when he performs.

Legend said he enjoyed coming to South Africa, using phrases like: “You treat me like I’m home” and “I always feel so welcome here” throughout the media conference. And he does deserve all the hospitality we can offer him. Amazingly, while he is in Johannesburg, John Legend will not only be performing live in concert, but will also feature in the “top nine” episode of Idols South Africa, the recording of which takes place only three and a half hours before his concert starts. Msengana, who is also one of the judges on Idols, said they had “moved earth, mountains and valleys” to get Legend to be on the show.

Legend intimated that once he had released his next album he would be embarking on a world tour. He said he hoped South Africa would be one of the stops along the way, adding that he would like to perform in Durban and Cape Town as well as Johannesburg.

When asked about inspirational women in his life, his mother was one of the people he mentioned. He said she inspired a love of creativity in the family.

This creative inspiration has certainly worked well for Legend, who has released multiple hit singles and albums and has won several awards for his music. Moreover, like any artist, performing live for his fans is very important to him. “I put everything out there on the stage,” he said, adding that he received just as much back from the audience.

Having been to South Africa several times, he gave the following advice to people about to visit for the first time: “Just come here and enjoy yourself.”

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