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Updated Aug 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

Brandy gives surprise performance in South Africa to tiny crowd, leaves early

R&B singer Brandy gave a surprise performance at a festival in South Africa on Saturday, Aug. 17. In fact, her appearance was so surprising that barely anybody stuck around to see it.

Brandy was the surprise finale at the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day at FNB stadium in Johannesburg. According to The Guardian, the singer came on stage to a crowd of no more than 40 people -- in a stadium that holds nearly 90,000.

Although tens of thousands of people filled the arena for football and rugby matches, including a game pitting South African football legends against Italian masters such as Emiliano Salvetti and Marco Ballota, the audience trickled out during the music segment. After performances by David Jenkins, Elvis Blue, Salif Keita and D'Banj, there was almost no one left for Brandy.

The 34-year-old reportedly sang two songs then stormed off stage, "sulking," according to one tweet. To add insult to injury, the country's national TV channel, SABC, even cut off its broadcast of the festival before she got on stage.

Neither Brandy nor the concert promoters have commented on the gig. By most accounts, it wasn't Brandy's fault -- her fans simply didn't know she was playing. Brandy is popular in Africa and has performed there before, much like in the UK, where she is due to return on 24 September. Although the singer's newest record, Two Eleven, reached only No 87 on the UK album charts, 1998's Never Say Never remains an R&B classic: It has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.

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