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February 27, 2014

Eminem Live in Cape Town: Photos

“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity/To seize everything you ever wanted/One moment/Would you capture it or just let it slip?”

Rap superstar Eminem rocked his first South African concert at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 26 February, 2014. Image courtesy of Eminem Rapture 2014 - South Africa

The opening bars of this Grammy-winning song, played on a keyboard to a crowd of nearly 40 000 fans at the phenomenal Eminem Rapture 2014 concert at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 26 February, 2014, gave my fellow Marshall Mathers devotees and I goose bumps…

Folks, trust me when I say Slim Shady’s live performance was one of the best I have ever seen on our Mother City’s music-loving shores and a testament to the brilliance of this often-controversial artist’s star power.

Forget everything you’ve ever heard about rap stars being offensive, obnoxious narcissists with huge egos and no regard for their fans. Eminem started his performance two minutes earlier than he needed to; gave us 90 minutes of jam-packed music and kept us on our feet, eager to keep up with his uncontrollable energy.

Fluidly moving between his most famous hits, including “The Way I Am“, “The Real Slim Shady”, “Stan”, “Love The Way You Lie” and tracks from his new album Marshall Mathers LP 2 with “The Monster”, “Survival” and “3am”, Mr Mathers , the Rap God, knows how to keep the crowd engaged and shows that he puts all of his fans’  ( both old and new) needs first … a rare quality to find in a superstar of his stature.

He spoke very few words during his performance but these are by far my favourite:"My first show in South Africa.What a great crowd, thank you Cape Town!" 

I liked Eminem before but now I love you, Slim Shady!

Here are a few images of last night’s Rapture 2014 performance:

Eminem and his nearly 40 000 strong Cape Town fans. Image courtesy of Bongz Mathebula

"All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod".  Eminem rapping to the crowd #Rapture2014. Image courtesy of Eminem Rapture 2014 - South Africa

Marshall! Most iconic artist for the last decade! #eminem #rapture2014 . Image courtesy of Ferial Essa

If you were there..you felt it.... Image courtesy of Clayton Cloete

Eminem is the most recent mega star to visit #lovecapetown. Check out Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen's photos in the Mother City , then book tickets for tonight's final Carlos Santana concert.

Keen to attend a concert in Cape Town? Check out our Events page for daily listings.

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