I will be doing my best to bring ya’ll SGC related updates throughout the night (at a dinner party, so trying to do both things at the same time!)…looking forward to the concert!
11:19pmET: And that’s it! What an amazing night!! Wished I could have been there.
11:13pmET: All the artists are coming on stage to join Stevie. Awesome.
11:09pmET: Finale kicking it up…Stevie singing Happy Birthday To Ya … entire place is on its feet. “Mandela is my Superking!”
11:01pmET: Choir singing Hlohonolofatsa to welcome Stevie Wonder to the stage for the Finale!! Beautiful. Rebecca is singing in lead and the lyrics have been changed to welcome Stevie. Awesome!!
11:00pmET: Finale coming up…kudos being given to the houseband and the Soweto Gospel Choir. Lots of love for the Choir!!! Woot woot!! The Choir is being given a standing ovation!! Justly deserved.
10:55pmET: The Choir gets the spotlight with their beautiful rendition of This Little Light of Mine / M’Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni / If You Ever Needed The Lord with Rebecca, Lungi, Vusu and Shimmy in lead! AWESOME! So glad they got their chance to shine! Such happy and beautiful music!
10:53pmET: The Choir has been released on the stage! Standing behind Alicia and Angelique as they sing the Blessing for Africa. Sibongile rocking it out on the mic.
10:49pmET: Alicia Keys and Angelique Kidjo! Singing Angelique’s Blessing for Africa (Afrika).
10:36pmET: Josh Groban returns to the stage with Aretha Franklin! You Rasied Me Up…
10:29pmET: Asimbonanga done by Jesse Clegg (Johnny’s son) and Freshlyground. The Choir is giving amazing backing…love this song.
10:27pmET: Wyclef is totally bringing down the house with his second song with Zulu.
10:19pmET: Wyclef Jean!! Love the guy! OMIGOD!! The Choir is singing the African lyrics for Million Voices, a song he wrote for the movie Hotel Rwanda…and one of my fave songs!
10:12pmET: Now Thandiswa Mazwai…many will recognize her from Bongo Maffin.
10:09pmET: Loyiso on stage now…waving their hands in the air!
10:03pmET: Vusi on stage with his Sing Africa song…love his style! Choir joins in…
9:56pmET: Josh in singing Weeping with Vusi Mahlasela and the Choir! One of my faves!!!
9:51pmET: Josh Groban is on stage!
9:44pmET: 46664 Concert veteran Zucchero takes the stage. Beautiful rendition of You Are So Beautiful. Bella!
9:39pmET: Baaba Maa now on stage.
9:22pmET: Queen Latifah takes the stage with the Choir. Energy picking back up! Great number with the Queen for her second number….soul rising!! (Sipokazi wearing a blue headwrap is totally throwing me off! Where’s her pink??)
9:19pmET: Morgan Freeman introduces Nelson Mandela…sending a message via video from South Africa.
9:07pmET: Jesse McCartney???!! Choir still on stage…taking advantage of their chairs! Now they’re rocking out and dancing to Jesse’s second number Body Language.
8:59pmET: Carla Bruni and Dave Stewart’s turn. Great rendition of Blowing in the Wind with the Choir.
8:52pmET: Kenyan Suzanna Owiyo is now taking the stage with the Choir.
8:47pmET: The Choir is now back on stage with Sipho Mabuse and his saxophone!
8:45pmET: Cyndi Lauper and Lil Kim just gave an amazing rendition of Time After Time.
8:30pmET: will.i.am takes the stage…the Choir has left the stage for a break.
8:28pmET: President Obama making an appearance via video.
8:24pmET: Yvonne Chaka Chaka taking the stage now. I love her–quite the character! The Choir’s basses are rocking out in this song for Madiba!
8:23pmET: The hardcore Choir fan in me is kinda grrrrr that backup singers are blocking the view of the right hand side of the Choir!
8:20pmET: The Choir is having a blast dancing/grooving to Gloria! Gloria now singing Oh Happy Day with the Choir backing her up.
8:11pmET: What an amazing start to the show! Everyone is up on their feet! Gloria Gaynor now takes the stage to sing her famous I Will Survive. The Choir is grooving with her as backup.
8:06pmET: African stars including Angelique Kidjo , Thandiswa Mazwai and Suzanna Owiyo joining the Choir to sing Give Me Hope Joanna.
8:01pmET: Host Whoopi Goldberg taking the stage.
8:00pmET: And we’re underway! Opening titles being played….video presentation of Madiba!
7:57pmET: I believe the Choir is taken the stage…they are on the left side of the screen.
7:50pmET: 10 mins to go…inside of Radio City Hall being shown…
7:30pmET: T-minus 30 mins! Very excited.