International R&B and soul artist, and Grammy Award winner singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, Raphael Saadiq joins fellow R&B sensation Maxwell on the lineup for the BET Experience Africa. Saadiq, appearing for the first time ever in Africa, will perform during the gala concert at the BET Experience Africa, a spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle, from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).
The inaugural BET Experience Africa takes place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 December 2015. Further performers will be announced shortly.
Saadiq is a multi-talented musician with eleven Grammy nominations to his name plus a BET Award nomination and Soul Train Award. Over the past two decades Saadiq, who also plays bass, mellotron, keys, guitar, percussion and drums, has worked behind the scenes as a celebrated producer, collaborator and sideman for big-time acts like John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog, Whitney Houston and Elton John – to mention just a few. Fans of classic 80s and 90s R&B/soul will remember Saadiq as a founding member and lead vocalist of influential chart-toppers Tony! Toni! Toné!, responsible for hits like “Feels Good” and “It Never Rains in Southern California”.
Since Saadiq’s early days, he has always carried a torch for old school R&B. In addition to releasing critically acclaimed solo albums like Ray Ray and Instant Village (nominated for five Grammys), Saadiq has released an additional four albums since 1995, the most recent being the critically acclaimed Stone Rollin’.
BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, dance, sport and much, much more.
Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Watch top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game. Fashionistas will revel in the Fashion & Beauty catwalk, while checking out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene. For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields.
After a day of enthralling action and entertainment, it’s time to head to the BET Experience Concert featuring Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and other international and African artists.
Book now to celebrate the many rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience all under one roof. Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za. Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.