July 7 2018 – RANDY Crawford has had a longstanding love affair with South African audiences. Now she is returning to Cape Town and Pretoria one last time as part of her Farewell Tour, presented by Cape Talk, 702 and Channel 24 – another Big Concerts experience.
The American jazz and R&B singer will perform in Cape Town on October 23 2018 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, and in Pretoria on October 26 2018 at the Sun Arena, Time Square.
Crawford first made her name in New York in the mid-1970s where she sang with jazz legends George Benson and Cannonball Adderley. She signed with Columbia Records and released her first single, Knock on Wood, and If You Say the Word in 1972.
She went on to lead R&B veterans The Crusaders on the transatlantic hit Street Life (1979) and was named the most outstanding performer at the Tokyo Music Festival.
Her follow–up solo efforts included One Day I’ll Fly Away (1980) and You Might Need Somebody (1981), which became soul standards.
The album Secret Combination (1981) stayed on the Official Albums Chart in the UK for 60 weeks. Crawford has sung with William Earl “Bootsy” Collins, Johnny Bristol, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Rick Springfield, Steve Hackett and Joe Sample, among others.
Big Concerts chairman Attie van Wyk said: “Crawford is still one of the greatest female voices and we feel proud and privileged to be presenting her final concert tour in South Africa prior to her retirement.” -Sowetan