Photo: Stevie Wonder
U.S. pop music star Stevie Wonder thrilled concertgoers in Sao Paulo on the weekend with a show at which he honored the memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 and to whom the singer dedicated his number “Keep Our Love Alive.”
“It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white or yellow, peace is the only way,” Wonder said, adding in reference to Mandela that “if you love God, whatever God it is, the only thing you want is peace.”
“Do you agree?” asked Wonder of the more than 17,000 people attending the show, who answered in unison “Yes!”
During “Keep Our Love Alive” and with several South African flags onstage, a video of photos of the singer with the South African leader was shown on sidescreens.
Before his thousands of devoted fans, who accompanied the singer whenever he asked them to sing along, the artist from Saginaw, Michigan, went all out to perform virtually all his classics.
“Sir Duke,” “Superstition” and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” were the songs that seemed to most please the crowd at the Banco do Brasil festival, where Jason Mraz and Brazilian rapper Criolo also performed, among others.
“I love you, Sao Paulo,” Wonder said on several occasions acknowledging the crowd’s warm and affectionate reception.