Brandy Performs For 40 People in 90,000 Seat South African Stadium

Celebrity News Aug. 22, 2013 AT 1:15PM
Brandy performs on August 17, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa Brandy performed to a nearly-empty stadium for a Mandela Sports and Culture Day on Saturday, Aug. 17. Credit: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty

Brandy encountered a musician's worst nightmare on Saturday, Aug. 17, after her surprise appearance at the Mandela Sports and Culture Day in Soweto, South Africa turned out to be a flop when there were only 40 people in the 90,000-seat stadium. 

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According to South African musician Kabomo, the startlingly low attendance rate was likely because "people didn't know there was a concert after the games."

"No one knew Brandy was around. Maybe a 40 person audience," he tweeted, adding that the R&B star performed with the stadium lights on. "She sulked after two songs and walked off."

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Brandy, 34, was meant to join the likes of South African musicians David Jenkins, Elvis, Blue, Salif Keita and D'Banj for a rousing Saturday performance following the day's football and rugby matches, but by the time she took to the stage, many sports fans had already left.

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"Brandy performing for the chairs!" one concertgoer tweeted. According to the UK's The Guardian, even SABC, the country's national TV channel, stopped filming a broadcast of the concert long before she even took the stage.

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