WORK hard, play hard was the motto of the suits at the annual Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Banquet at the Boardwalk Convention centre last Friday. My, these guys do have style and the Gatsby-themed evening, filled with feathers and headbands and men in suits and hats, was a great sight.
Hostess Niqui Cloete-Barrass had some great quotes but, ouch, those girly jokes were just not suitable for the gents. Maybe at another event, honey. Two Tone rocked the party.
Bad mannered Mlibo Qoboshiyane accepted the invite to the event and never pitched, how rude!
Natasha Willis was in purple chiffon with Swarovski detail dress and Jane Stevenson wore the same red crushed velvet dress from another function a couple of months ago.
Dave Tiltman looked dapper in a tux – damn that man is divine – while Kevin Hustler wore a hat, a look not too many people can do.
Bongi Siwisa stole the show again with her yellow strapless dress with crocheted mohair detail.
Across town at the Feather Market Centre later that night, the a cappella group The Soil show started badly, an hour late and they did not have a seat for me. Some guy by the name of Bayanda decided backstage was the best place for journos. However, the group did not disappoint. Musician Berita of Uthandolwethu was there, with the same hairstyle she had at the Satmas last month, in an orange mini and black pumps. The trio were soon joined by PE’s own Asanda Mqiki.
Wow, she is gifted. My evening ended when some hooligans on the balcony threw their empty bottles down so that was my cue to leave.
Stilettoes, feather boas, wigs of every colour making the rainbow look bleak – yes, it was the NMB gay pride march on Saturday. My sources tell me that every year the organisers change and each one wants to outdo the other. I am no Colin Cowie but when the infighting becomes public information, it ruffles feathers.
Next year guys, play nice.
Later I went to Ibhayi Tshisanyama at NU2 in Motherwell, it belongs to former Nafcoc chairman Bongani Mabusela and already attracts all the big names in the Bay.
Socialite Likhaya Sikhatho was there and yours truly was charmed with his Crossfire. Dahling, you can take me for a ride any day. Also spotted: Xolani Mgxotheni, head of the South African Youth Council in NMB and other emerging metro entrepreneurs. Comedian Siya Seya, who forgot his lines at the 99% Xhosa Comedy show, tried his best.
After my busy weekend I took a chill pill at KwaLunga General jazz Place in Zwide on Sunday, where Umhlobo Wenene was broadcasting live. Nhose Street was closed as people took to the streets to show off their dancing skills. It was good to see Nomthunzi Mali aka Maka ma Asi also having a good time.
On Tuesday I went to the video shoot of Ciza Tha Journalist at King’s Beach, for his song called Fire on the Mountain. Then yesterday I waltzed my behind to Cubana for the launch of the opening of the season. It was a colourful event and I was impressed with KQfm station manager Xolani Yisaka. Although the speeches took long we enjoyed the finger lunch.
I was a bit disappointed they did not serve us the famous Cubana cocktails well, maybe next time.