Platinum-selling R&B superstar R Kelly took a stroll that sent the Rosebank Mall into a frenzy yesterday.
Admirers got a sign of the electric atmosphere music fans will get come Friday when he sings at the World Cup opening ceremony at Soccer City outside Soweto.
As soon as fans recognised who he was, they crowded him taking pictures of him and asking to pose with him.
It was a crazy scene as young and not-so-young women mobbed him, offering hugs and kisses ... all were gladly received.
Others just asked to hold his hand. Motorists and passers-by stopped to ask for autographs.
Kelly was unfazed, seemingly enjoying the attention as he posed and hugged the thrilled fans who were screaming and jumping.
Kelly will perform the World Cup anthem, Sign of a Victory, with Soweto Spiritual Singers on Friday. The show is part of the festivities before kickoff between Bafana Bafana and Mexico.
The song is also part of Listen Up! the official World Cup album. All proceeds from the song and album will benefit official Fifa projects and charity organisations the body supports.
R Kelly burst onto the music scene in 1992 as the founder and lead singer of Public Announcement. His smooth mixture of hip-hop beats, soul and funk propelled the group's debut album Born Into the 90s to platinum status.