THE hills (and the Bay) have been alive with the sound of music!
Skinnerbek has been hanging out with people who can actually sing – the gorgeous Unathi and delicious Tevin Campbell, who performed at the Boardwalk.
It was a goose bump show with Tevin, where I bumped into more colleagues than I realised I had (and all of you seeking autographs, you closet groupies, you!)
Campbell, the former child star of the ’90s, in an Italian midnight blue silk shirt, black vintage jeans and armed with the voice, took me back to the days when all I had on my mind was my homework, what was for dinner and if the boy next door was looking at me strangely.
Campbell was the reason lots of babies were born in the ’90s when he sang about things of which, by his own admission, he only now understands the meaning! (Don’t worry, Tevin, no need to be embarrassed!)
One lady could not help herself. She stormed the stage to get that all important hug.
Your Skinnerbek also waltzed her sexy behind to the launch of Unathi’s DVD. The New Afro Teens opened the show and I must say those kids are on another level.
I also spotted the social mayor himself, Mandla Madwara, wearing a blue cardigan and designer jeans. And ooh, I loved the hat. He was his usual bubbly self.
The MC for the night was Umhlobo Wenene’s KCI August who was wearing his traditionally inspired outfit. He had everyone in stitches.
Kabomo took to the stage and I was disappointed at the suit he was wearing. I thought he was going to opt for something more smart casual. Anyway he brought the house down. I also spotted Umhlobo Wenene’s Sinbad.
Then it was the moment we had been waiting for – Unathi looked angelic in her white outfit. She is definitely no Celine Dion or Zonke Dikana or even Lira, but she can surely sing. She even took us down memory lane when she sang Brenda Fassie’s song Too late for Mama.
Afterwards, the party moved to one of my favourite places (Not!), Cubana.
However, the service was not bad this time around – maybe it depends on who you are with. I felt like saying: Do you know who I am? But oh no, your Gossip Girl is not that vain – yet! Hey, I’m a nice girl with good manners!
Unathi and husband Thomas arrived with entourage in tow – wow, that girl really knows how to have a good time. Bubbly flowed in the VIP couch (my dahlings it was not sparkling wine) and I was rolling with the Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon.
Unathi’s stylist could not help himself, regaling me about his love of champagne. The brother is planning a trip to the Champagne. Personally, I could never drink sparkling wine again!
On Saturday, Philano Matshaya was celebrating a thirtysomething birthday bash at KwaNgqoko – where Chief Ngqoko himself was at the entrance – but boy oh boy, there was no place to move, people were pushing and shoving each other.
However, it’s also my birthday tomorrow night so I started the party at the 2013 Vinimark Wine Worx Wine Fair on Tuesday. Ooh la la, what a treat to taste genuine French champagne again from Bollinger, Ayala, Gosset and Laurent-Perrier – but our South African Methode Cap Classique bubbles from Villiera and Krone were also delish. There was even a Mandela tribute sparkling wine!