The momentum of The Bodyguard soundtrack continued unabated through 1994: Whitney won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “I Will Always Love You,” as well as five World Music Awards. But perhaps the greatest sign of her power as an artist was The Concert For A New South Africa, a trio of concerts recorded in South Africa in November 1994 following the election of Nelson Mandela to the country’s presidency.
With input from Ms. Houston’s estate), the CD/DVD includes a collection of the six-time Grammy winner’s greatest live moments.
Whitney, a powerful icon among audiences black and white, male and female, became the first international musician to perform in South Africa after the end of apartheid. These performances of two legendary classics of 20th century music—two songs now irrevocably associated with Whitney herself—at such a crucial moment in history are perhaps the purest representation of just what an extraordinary icon Whitney Houston was at this time.
Listen and enjoy her performance below.
Photo Credit: Randee St. Nicholas