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By unknown | Sep 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Saturday night at the Dome in Johannesburg was supposed to have been US singer Chaka Khan's triumphant return to his motherland after 10 years.

It was unfortunately not to be, thanks to the stunning performance of a Nubian beauty from Limpopo.

Judith Sephuma was charming, confident and totally in control of the sparse audience that braved the slightly chilly weather.

Her sweet, powerful voice captivated even when she sang lesser-known songs.

When she broke into her popular classics the Dome erupted into a sing-a-long. Complementing her counterpart, Siphokazi, she mesmerised the crowd.

There is no doubt that HHP has found that essential ingredient in hip-hop.

He succeeded in thrilling both youngsters and seasoned music lovers, thanks to his impressive sampling of oldschool tunes.

Siphokazi was charming in her sweet innocence, mingled with shyness. She took the audience back to their cultural roots with her brand of traditional home-grown sounds.

She was like a breath of fresh air and saved the best for last, her hit Amacala.

Miss Khan came on stage with the fanfare characteristic of US acts. When she sang favourite classics the crowd went berserk.

Khan is a classy, experienced muso with an exceptional voice. Her fans loved her, but she learnt a thing or two from her South African counterparts.

Pity too that she did not sing a duet with Sephuma as she had promised at the press conference on Friday.

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