Miami Kicks Off SZA’s North American Tour

SZA is lifted into the air on a raft and moves around the stadium as she sings one of her most famous songs, Supermodel.
SZA is lifted into the air on a raft and moves around the stadium as she sings one of her most famous songs, Supermodel.

The Grammy-nominated album is already platinum-certified, and some of its biggest hits are gold-certified by the RIAA. Despite being on tour for more than six months, it was evident by the quality of her performance that SZA brought her all to the 305.

On September 20, 2023, SZA kicked off the North American leg of her SOS Tour at the Kaseya Center in Miami. Before this, she toured in Europe, performing in countries like the UK, Germany, and France. Solana Imani Rowe released her second studio album, SOS, in December 2022, and has garnered much attention and accolades. It includes 23 songs, with featured artists such as Travis Scott, Phoebe Bridgers, Don Toliver, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Joining SZA for the second half of her tour, D4vd (pronounced David), known for his TikTok hits, ignited the Kaseya Center with electrifying energy. Although not a mainstream artist, his popular choruses had the crowd passionately singing along. During his performance, D4vd expressed his gratitude after he told the audience that SZA was the first artist he saw in concert. The crowd buzzed once he exited the stage, waiting for SZA to begin her performance.

As the lights dimmed again in the stadium, the instrumental to “Seek & Destroy” echoed around the arena, leaving the audience screaming and cheering. Her performance was incredible, and the stage effects made the show even more memorable. At the beginning, a boxed-shape screen on the stage rose to reveal SZA on a diving board, recreating the album cover look on the stage. The props continued to amaze the fans as the show progressed. The most surreal part was when SZA floated above the floor seats in an orange boat while a lighthouse popped up from the stadium’s ground. The purpose was to recreate a boat lost at sea, which transported the audience into the world of SZA’s music, creating a truly immersive experience. While up in the air, SZA sang sentimental songs such as “Special” and “Gone Girl, ” one of many highlights throughout the show.

Another special moment for the Miami concert was when SZA revealed that her hit song, “Nobody Gets Me,” was written about her ex-fiancĂ©, a shocking revelation to the audience. Although, what made the concert truly remarkable was singing along to the lyrics with the rest of the audience. SZA has a large, dedicated fanbase who sang so loud that the artist herself was shocked. This created an emotional atmosphere where everyone could come together and scream their favorite songs with a special place in their hearts.

We decided to ask some of our students, who also attended the concert, about their favorite songs performed.
Junior Sofia Britton was surprised that Drew Barrymore was not her favorite of the night, “My favorite was Prom because it was just awesome.”

While many others preferred the songs from the Ctrl album, some vibe more with the songs from SOS.
“My favorite song was Low because everyone was screaming the lyrics and jumping to the song together. It just created a super fun atmosphere the minute it played, and the entire audience was immediately dancing to it.”, said seventh-grader Sofia Fakiri.

The reactions and support of the album have demonstrated the widespread impact that SZA’s music has had on her fans as a whole. From the variety of genres to different aesthetics, there is something that appeals to everyone. SZA’s fan base continues to grow daily, and it is safe to say that this concert showcased precisely why.

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