Soothing jazz and leggy sistas highlight fun, karaoke

IF there’s one thing that Skinnerbek enjoys on a Sunday, it’s some soothing jazz and it came served smoother than a cappuccino at the Red Location Jazz Festival in Nelson Mandela Bay  last Sunday.
Things got off to an early start at 11am at Red Location Museum and the atmosphere was simply electric as aficionados of the music genre served up top notch jazz and let the mingling crowd soak up the sounds.
 “We need this more often – at least once a month!” was the comment of one of the patrons at the outdoor event which took place in fantastic weather with jazz lovers lazing about on the grass.
Skinnerbek was also delighted to see a great multiracial mix and there was Hanlie (“My Xhosa name is Thandeka!”) Steyn who was not only white but remarkably light on her feet – really enjoying herself as she grooved to the music like none other.
Nelson Mandela Bay events director Seki Mandaba was there with the most stunning pink handbag as the ultimate in accessories – and boy, was she proud of it!
 You show that bling off, girl!
And then it was all style and sophistication at the Mr and Miss NMMU dinner at the Summerstrand Inn last week where a cool, elegant and relaxed atmosphere ensured a super chilled event.
 Among the leggy sistas who were turned out in drop-dead gorgeous numbers were Mason Julius, Namhla Best, Valentine Mtshake and Songeziwe Pango.
The dudes also didn’t get left behind in the fashion stakes and Magcina Tyulu and Litha Madikazi, in particular, made a huge impression on this Gossip Girl for one.
Actress Niqui Cloete-Barrass was the star of the show when she entertained assembled secretaries with snippets from the one-woman show Shirley Valentine during the Sereni-T Business Development Secretary’s Day function held at the Beach Hotel.
Niqui is a consummate performer and truly made the secretaries day with her stunning interpretation of pieces from the hilarious and sharply scripted play which she performed at the Little Theatre not so long ago.
It was also the Wild Wild West at Humewood on Saturday night when a “Karaoke Ugly” party was held at Demi’s Train with many of the party crowd getting decked out into dinkum cowboy gear and really looking the part.
And the karaoke was far from ugly – some of those peeps can sing!
 It’s good to see theme parties like this working in the Bay – they just need better support a lot of the time so get out there and party.
Skinnerbek needs to see you!

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