Raising the roof and funds with the New Afroteens, plus some delectable Asian fare

THE who’s who of Nelson Mandela Bay braved the cold, rainy weather on Friday night in support of local teen jazz starlets, the New Afroteens, as they raised funds to jet off to the city of gold to perform at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival.
Skinnerbek was highly impressed as the best of the Bay’s talent serenaded the 300-strong crowd, performing their renditions of past and current hits as well as their own material. The likes of local performer, Titi Luzipho, M-Net Young Stars winner Gino Lee and, of course, the New Afroteens,  brought the house down. The ever-stylish Bongi Siwisa, who never disappoints and always looks chic, delivered a not-so-short speech about prominent Bay businessman Khusta Jack and wife Karen’s support for the group.
Always cool, calm and collected, businessman and former Percci chief executive Odwa Mtati was seen bopping his head once or twice.
Also present and donning his trademark “German Cut” that resembles that of ’70s R’n’B crooner Peabo Bryson was SABC regional manager and former Springbok rugby manager Zola Yeye.
Our dear friend Nceba Faku’s wife, Unathi, was fashionably late but caught up on the festivities as she later danced the night away. Shame, poor thing must have been caught in the rain as her not-so-fresh weave wilted over her visible natural hair.
Former safety and security MEC Thobile Mhlahlo made an appearance out of gosh-knows-where, as did former Bay deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni.
Sometimes one must go east to go eat in style – and for Skinnerbek, the further east the better, when it comes to good Asian cooking.
Your peckish Gossip Girl needed no second invitation to attend the opening of the new Yi Pin restaurant – a Chinese and Japanese combo eatery – ’cos she simply loves a good oriental dish as much as she loves a pair of new shoes.
And from the moment she sipped on some Japanese whiskey and nibbled on delectable morsels of the freshest, colourful sushi, she felt as through she had been teleported to the Land of the Rising Sun.
And what a nice surprise for Skinnerbek: the dashing Mervyn Naidoo was there to make a reacquaintance, Sun International’s Gaming South divisional director and of course the former general manager of the Boardwalk, who was as charming as ever.
Other faces about town at the do were a relaxed looking Daron Mann from AlgoaFM and metro communications man Roland Williams, who was really enjoying the munchies on offer.
Yi Pin owners Willy Fan, Vivienne Fan and Joe Lin have done a lovely job at their new eatery with elegant, understated decor.
The other finger supper dishes that Skinnerbek  sampled with gusto were a treat – and she had to hold herself back.

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