Mzansi is fast becoming a home away from home for American soul and R&B superstar Anthony Hamilton. When asked to headline two concerts on our shores this month, he didn’t have to think twice.
“The opportunity was brought before me and I agreed so quickly because I just wanted to get back to SA. I’ve come here pretty often for the last couple of years and SA has started to feel like home.
“The people and the love that is here has become my biggest reason to return time and time again, and this feels like home away from home,” said Hamilton ahead of his performance at the Polokwane Rugby Stadium in Limpopo on December 16.
The Polokwane concert is aptly dubbed “Her Heart” and the king of soul said he hopes to tug at the heartstrings of his fans while also igniting the conversation of real old-school love in society.
“I draw inspiration for my music and any performances that I give from life. I have seen a lot I have been adopted, had some hardships and seen other people go through struggles and great times. You pull from that, your journey and other people’s journeys.
“Though my life journey had its downs, inspiring my music, I did experience love too. Some of it (love) was healthy, some unbalanced, but I have seen it and appreciate it. When I didn’t have it, I searched for it,” he said, reflecting on his inspiration.
Hamilton looks back on the journey of making music that rekindles love and mends broken hearts as a chance for him to be happy, to travel, to love, forgive and to remember.
“It is something I always seek to impart to the audience every time The day God calls me back home, I want to be remembered as love. As a man who loved love, loved his family, his kids and his people through music.”
And that is what he seeks to carry out at the concert, while throwing in a few surprises to create a memorable experience.
His various visits to Mzansi have been equally educational as they have been fun and have debunked some myths about Mzansi’s African people not being welcoming to African Americans.
“I’ve been taken in, loved and welcomed. I go back home and tell people to come and see this beautiful place. It is not just safari and not just diamond, but there is a living beauty in this land that you can experience,” he says.
Hamilton will be performing alongside Mzansi’s best, including Unathi Nkayi and Zamo Mthethwa, with an after-party that features the likes of DJ Tira, Dladla Mshunqisi, DJs Sphe & Naves, Vetkuk & Mahoota, DJ Malwela, LKG, 0Amon Mokoena and The DJ Man.
The show will be hosted by actress Nomzamo Mbatha and TV personality Somizi.
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