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Nineties R&B Icon Keith Sweat Announces Two New Zealand Shows

Nineties R&B Icon Keith Sweat Announces Two New Zealand Shows

Thursday 27th April, 2017 10:00AM

Nineties R&B songbird and new jack swing pioneer Keith Sweat is bringing his signature smooth tunes to New Zealand for the first time in July. The former Jamilah vocalist will be performing tracks from his latest offering Dress To Impress at the two all-ages arena shows, as well as classic bangers such as 'Twisted' and 'Nobody'. Here are the details....

Keith Sweat New Zealand Tour

Friday 28th July, The Opera House, Wellington - CANCELLED
Saturday 29th July, ASB Theatre, Auckland 

Reminisce on classic tune 'Twisted' below...

Check out this rendition of 'Right And A Wrong Way' on Apollo Live...

And feast your eyes on exemplary track 'Good Love', lifted from last year's Dress To Impress...




Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring are thrilled to confirm that R&B sensation and New Jack Swing pioneer Keith Sweat will tour New Zealand for the very first time this July. In addition to performing an array of old classics like kiwi top ten singles ‘Twisted’ and ‘Nobody’, he will also be celebrating the release of his brand new album Dress To Impress (out now).

Born in Harlem, New York, Sweat performed throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with his band Jamilah before breaking out on his own in 1984. The release of his debut album Make It Last Forever sold over three million copies and featured hit single ‘I Want Her’ which catapulted to number one on the R&B charts and number five on the pop charts.

Make It Last Forever was followed shortly thereafter by I’ll Give All My Love To You in 1990, which reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart. It featured memorable 90’s R&B singles ‘Make You Sweat’ and ‘I Give All My Love To You’, both singles reaching number one on the R&B charts.

In addition to being an accomplished and successful R&B star, Sweat is considered a pioneer of New Jack Swing, a sound that fuses together hip-hop, contemporary soul, high tech funk and in some cases hip-hop. Sweat’s debut album Make It Last Forever was extremely influential in developing the sound with some critics even considering it to be what kicked off the genre.

Throwing it back to basics, Dress To Impress pays homage to Sweat’s original sound. Driven by his classic laid back R&B style, it features singles such as ‘Good Love’ and ‘Just The 2 Of Us’, capturing how truly talented an R&B star Sweat is.

Having sold over fifteen million albums in the US alone and several of his singles reaching number one, Sweat is amongst only a handful of R&B artists to have been rewarded such longevity and success in their career. Don’t miss out on witnessing some of R&B’s most memorable songs from one of the genre’s icons. Fans are urged to secure their tickets early to avoid missing out on what is sure to be an amazing night.

JULY 2017
Presented by Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring

Begins: Tue 2 May (2pm NZST)
Ends: Wed 3 May (2pm NZST)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

Begins: Thu 4 May 12noon NZST

Fri 28 Jul The Opera House | Wellington, NZ (All Ages)

Sat 29 Jul ASB Theatre | Auckland, NZ (All Ages)


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