R. Kelly Makes His Way To The Motherland For The First Time

R. Kelly is taking his business elsewhere; Elsewhere being the wonderful continent of Africa. The R&B hitmakaker will give the people of Africa their first up close glimpse of him by making his first tour of the country this month courtesy of his participation in the ARISE African Fashion Awards.

The awards show and gala will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 20. The show will also bring to a close the African Fashion Week and kickoff a multi-city tour that spans South Africa, Nigeria, and London.

This will be R. Kelly's first visit to Africa. He also says that he believes that this whole experience will have a profound impact on his life personally and professionally.

"I'm very excited about my first visit to Africa, I've dreamed about this for a long time and it’s finally here,” Kelly said in a statement. “It will be one of the highlights of not only my career but my life. I can’t wait to perform in front of my fans in Africa – who have been some of the best in the world."

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, founder of Africa Fashion Week and the African Fashion Awards, explained that the entire African continent is ready to be recognized for their fashion talents on an international stage.

“Our goal is to promote and recognize the best of African fashion talent on a global scale and the ARISE Africa Fashion Awards is a further step towards fulfillment of this goal,” she stated.

The ARISE Africa Fashion Awards commences from 6Pm-10PM on June 20 at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center. The keynote address will be delivered by renowned humanitarian and former First Lady of France Cecilia Attias.

Listed below are R. Kelly’s confirmed Africa tour dates:

  • Saturday, June 27th at the Superbowl in Sun City
  • Monday June 29th at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town
  • Friday, July 3rd at the THISDAY Dome in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Wednesday, July 8th at Wembley Arena in London, UK
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