Lionel Richie to hypnotise Joburg music fanatics

Khangale Makhado

Khangale Makhado

Legendary singer Lionel Richie will thrill Joburg fans during his two-day performance at the Coca-Cola Dome starting tomorrow.

BIG Concerts say they were forced to add another day following the unprecedented demand for tickets. He was originally scheduled to perform tomorrow only.

The company say they are thrilled to host Richie, one of the most prolific hitmakers.

Richie performed at the Absa Stadium in Durban last night.

"Simplicity," Lionel Richie explains, "is the key to what I do."

These are surprising, even shocking, words from an artist whose achievements, creatively and commercially, have been anything but simple.

Richie is, after all, one of the world's most recognised and rewarded performers. He has sold nearly 100 million albums and is the biggest selling R&B artist in South Africa with over 1 million records sold, notching up 22 Top 10 singles, including legendary hits such as All Night Long, Dancin' on the Ceiling, Hello and the Commodores' Brickhouse, Easy, and Zoom.

Among the many awards that grace his shelves are five Grammy Awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and not to mention piles of American Music and People's Choice awards. After leaving the Commodores, Richie became one of the most successful male solo artists of the 1980s. Currently, Richie is recording a new album.

Richie is excited about this long overdue visit to SA and says his latest studio album, Coming Home , is a metaphor for this much-anticipated tour.

"Africa holds a special place for me and I am anxious to come home and give something back to all my fans," he says.