First, an honest but embarrassing confession. I had never heard the name Enrique Iglesias until Thursday, and had never been to a concert of any kind.
So, I had absolutely no clue about what to expect when I, along with fellow Indian journalists, set out for the Spanish pop star's concert some 40 kms from the heart of the city late on Thursday evening.
Only when I saw cars lined up haphazardly across the road about five km away from the venue, did I realize how big the event was.
And when we reached at our destination, there's wasn't an inch left to set a foot. The huge garden had already drowned in the sea of humanity. "Umm, I am the only ignorant one in this huge crowd," the thought hit me, with a surge of self pity.
It took me no time in figuring out that close to 70 per cent crowd comprised women, mostly young, but with a few old-timers as well. That also explained to me why the cars were parked the way they were! Some things are universal, isn't it? Anyway, before anything else, I was taken in by the atmosphere of the place. Making light of the increasing chill in the air, the carefree and joyful audience had sprawled on the lush green grass, with a glass of either wine or beer in hand. Love birds were busy crooning sweet nothings to each other. It was indeed a dream audience and setting for any performer.
The evening warmed up with a soulful performance from local band Locnville, the Cape Town-based identical twins. After this, Ravi Shastri introduced the captains of all the ten teams in the CLT20 to the impatient crowd.
And when people were just reaching the end of their patience, the Spanish superstar stormed the stage, bellowing "bilavo". And the crowd went mad. There wasn't a single soul in the crowd not swaying to his tunes; even the lovebirds couldn't help but take their hands off each other and throw them up in the air. The excitement hit the roof when Enrique churned out the "Baby, I like it" number.
"It's certainly better than Shakira's 'waka waka'. This man is amazing, he rocked us," screamed a fan. And by the time the pop star thanked Johannesburg for being such a wonderful audience, everyone was completely drained and spent. You could say it was a case of: Baby, I liked it!