AMERICAN R&B sensation Toni Braxton, who arrived in the country on Monday accompanied by sisters Trina and Towanda, yesterday failed to visit a Chitungwiza children’s home as earlier indicated in her itinerary due to undisclosed “commitments”, NewsDay has established.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
A press conference that had been scheduled for yesterday was cancelled at the last minute amid indications that the promoters wanted to keep the R&B star away from the media.
Most international artistes who have performed in Zimbabwe in recent years interacted with the media through press conferences or media briefings.
Show organiser and BD music director Bernie Bismark said Braxton would visit the majestic Victoria Falls ahead of her debut joint performance with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on Friday at the Borrowdale Racecourse. Babyface is expected to touch down at the Harare International Airport tomorrow.
“Today, we will be visiting one of the Seven Natuaral Wonders [of the world], Victoria Falls, with Toni Braxton ahead of her Friday show at the Borrowdale Racecourse. Her visit to Victoria Falls will help market Zimbabwe as one of the best world tourist destination,” Bismark said.
“We wanted her to visit a children’s home in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza, but we failed due to other commitments.”
The You Make Me High singer’s performance is expected to illuminate the capital’s nightlife on friday.
Braxton has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums, worldwide. She has won seven Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and seven American Music Awards.
After the Zimbabwe show, she is billed to perform at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban South Africa on August 30 and Grand Arena, Grandwest, Cape Town South Africa on September 1, with her final show slated for The Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg South Africa on September 1. Toni Braxton will be joined by music icon “Babyface” as they share the stage at the potentially explosive show.
The duo has collaborated on their latest Grammy award-winning album Love, Marriage and Divorce which chronicles their life experiences. The album has been number one in Southern Africa as both Braxton and Babyface’s popularity continues to grow on the African continent.