She may be a superstar, but singer Rihanna has not made any extraordinary requests for her stay in South Africa.
The Barbados-born singer arrived in the country yesterday and will perform in Joburg tomorrow and then in Cape Town on Wednesday as part of her Diamonds World Tour.
Her tour has been a huge success globally. She has already played shows all over the globe in countries like the US, Canada, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, France, Belgium, the UK, and many more.
It’s not the first time that Rihanna will be performing in South Africa.
She was last on South African shores in 2006 when she opened for hip-hop artist Jay-Z.
Although there are still a handful of tickets available for her concert at the FNB Stadium in Joburg, it will be one of the largest ever attendances for a female artist.
Justin van Wyk, managing director of Big Concerts, said that the singing sensation had not made any crazy demands ahead of her arrival in the country.
“Rihanna is a true professional and has not made any extraordinary requests,” said Van Wyk.
The 25-year-old has, however, asked for a few specific things in her change room when she performs.
“Like every major artist Rihanna has requested furniture, food, beverages and other items required for her comfort and well-being. We cannot disclose what they are, however,” said van Wyk.
Over the years, Rihanna has released seven studio albums: Music of the Sun (in 2005), A Girl like Me (in 2006), Good Girl Gone Bad (in 2007), Rated R (in 2009), Loud (in 2010), Talk That Talk (in 2011) and Unapologetic (in 2012) and, to date, she has won six Grammy Awards.
She has also sold more than 41 million records and over 150 million digital tracks since she burst on the scene.
Van Wyk said that the stage that was being used at the FNB Stadium for Rihanna’s concert would be the largest Stageco stage available on the African continent.
American dance duo GTA have been confirmed as the opening act for Rihanna for both the Joburg and Cape Town leg.
GTA is made up of Miami duo Matt Toth and Julio Mejia.
GTA is set to take to stage at 6.30pm, while Rihanna is set to perform at 8pm. However, the Barbados singer has arrived late on stage for a number of her other concerts around the world.
Van Wyk said that Rihanna was set to perform for just over an hour but was unsure of the exact time.
“We’re unsure the exact set length, it’s at the artist’s discretion, but expect at least 75 minutes of live performance.”
Rihanna will not be arriving in South Africa alone. The singer will be bringing 15 dancers, back-up singers and musicians with her.
Clothes for the Diamonds World Tour were designed by Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy, Raf Simons from Christian Dior and Alber Elbaz, and footwear was designed by Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.
Ri-Ri, as she is affectionately known, will also enjoy sightseeing. “She intends to enjoy South African sights and hospitality, and will be in the country for approximately one week,” said Van Wyk. Although he could not say where Rihanna would be enjoying her time in South Africa, they have recommended a number of restaurants and sights to Rihanna’s management.
Among the Joburg restaurants suggested to the Pour It Up singer are Signature in Morningside, 54 on Bath in Rosebank and the private room at The Saxon in Sandhurst, as well as Pigalle at Melrose Arch.
Cape Town’s Ri-Ri-worthy dining spots include Sevruga and Balthazar, both at the V&A Waterfront. She could also opt for Paranga in Camps Bay or Wakame in Mouille Point.
Gates for tomorrow’s concert at the FNB Stadium open at 5pm. Organisers have urged concert goers to arrive on time.
“We’re unsure the exact set length, its at the artist’s discretion, but expect at least 75 minutes of live performance.” - Saturday Star