African Diaspora: Mariah Carey stirs up matters
In August 2015, Mariah Carey ranked No. 17 of the 250 best-selling musicians of all time with $64 million units sold
Mariah Carey accused of diva-like behavior on Cape Town, South Africa concert tour
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AFKI) — It didn’t take long after arriving April 25 in Cape Town with her entourage and children in tow for American legend and diva, Mariah Carey, to be associated with diva-like behavior.
Carey, one of the top-selling music artists of all time, with over 200 million records sold worldwide, is in South Africa for her Sweet Fantasy tour.
“I’m so excited to be here,” Carey said as she arrived, Independent Online reported.
She’s scheduled to perform Monday in Cape Town; Friday, April 29 in Durban, and Sunday and Monday, May 1 and May 2 in Johannesburg.
Carey allegedly asked — demanded, some sources said — that Table Mountain be lit up in purple lights during her performance to honor recently deceased music star, Prince.
TMG Entertainment verified that the singer did indeed mention purple lights‚ but it was not a demand. “She mentioned that it would be nice if the lights were turned to purple in memory of Prince‚” Times Live reported. “It wasn’t dramatic. It was an inquiry‚” another source said.
Carey holds a Guinness World Record for hitting the highest note ever produced by a human in the history of recorded music. Her five-octave range helped win her five Grammys, 20 American Music Awards, 21 World Music Awards, and 32 Billboard Music Awards.
In August 2015, Carey ranked No. 17 of the 250 best-selling musicians of all time with $64 million units sold, based on data from the Recording Industry of America. The Beatles were No. 1 with 178 million units sold, according to Digital Music News.
Carey fans — known as lambs — proved their love in South Africa, where online ticket seller Viagogo claimed Monday, to have only a few dozen tickets left for all performances, priced from $34 to $187.
At the 55,000-seat Cape Town Stadium, tickets started at $34.78 US. Durban’s 85,000-seat Moses Mabhida Stadium had 11 tickets left on the site starting at $96.02. Johannesburg’s 13,000-seat Ticketpro Dome (formerly the Coca-Cola Dome) had just a dozen tickets left on the Viagogo site starting ranging from $117.60 to $187.81.
The Carey faithful waited hours in a light rain at Cape Town Airport for the singing star to arrive.
Jacques Naude said Carey saved his life: “Growing up, I was teased about being gay and overweight and socially secluded,” he said. “I would listen to Mariah’s music and it made me feel better. Her lyrics helped me when I was suicidal. I just want to thank her for that.”
Friends Karl Furlong and Emile van der Heyde waited for two hours at the airport. They said they listened to Carey’s music during their high school days in 2001. “It was about a moment we might never get again, not in this town,” Furlong told IOL.
Dean Hann paid $485.92 for a meet-and-greet and waited in line in the lobby of the One & Only Hotel for hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star.
Justin de Vries paid more than $69 for a front row package and unobstructed view of the diva.
“The general public doesn’t get her persona,” De Vries said: “She’s so misunderstood, but we, her lambs, get and understand her.”
Tickets went on sale Dec. 17, 2015.
On social media, Carey said, “Lambily, it’s been too long!! I’m so excited to be coming to South Africa to perform for you all. I promise we’re going to share the most amazing moments together and I have so many surprises in store for you daahhlings! Can’t wait to see you all in your hometown. Love Mariah,” Cape Town Magazine reported.
The South African concerts are expected to feature many of Carey’s 18 No. 1 hit singles including new and old favorites such as “Hero,” “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” and “We Belong Together.”