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25 Years Ago, Whitney Embarked On ‘The Concert For A New South Africa’ Tour


On November 8, 1994 (25 years ago today) Whitney began her three-concert tour in South Africa known as Whitney: The Concert for A New South Africa. Her performances were to honor Nelson Mandela and she was the first major musician to visit the newly unified country. The mini-tour consisted of three shows – November 8 in Durban, November 12 in Johannesburg and November 19 in Cape Town. The show in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park was televised on HBO. All proceeds from the event were donated by Whitney and her foundation to carefully selected South African children’s charities and The President’s Trust Fund (for the freed Nelson Mandela). More than 200,000 people attended these performances. One of the highlights of the trip was when Whitney and her family got to spend private time with Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa.

Photo by Neal Preston

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