Busta Rhymes Indoors

Busta Rhymes’ show in Durban Nov. 28 will be the U.S. rapper’s first visit to South Africa since last year’s gig in Port Elizabeth was downsized from a 28,000-capacity stadium to the much smaller La Dee Da’s nightclub.

The local Weekend Post reported Rhymes showed up three hours late for his slot at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, saw the size of the crowd and directed his fans to head over to the smaller venue.

Concert organiser Loven Marimuthu of Shabach Concerts said a rainy forecast forced the decision to move indoors.

Ticket holders for the original show were allowed into the Port Elizabeth club for free, but only 500 or so of the estimated 2,300 fans in the stadium bothered to turn up for the club set.

This time the concert is indoors, scheduled for the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre.

“Planning this concert has been real hard work,” Marimuthu told Sowetan Live. “To get this world-renowned hip-hop star to South Africa is a real coup for Shabach Concerts. The show is certainly going to be a great success.”

He urged fans to buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.