Tamia charms her adoring Bay fans

Tamia
Tamia

I PRACTICALLY sprinted to the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night to catch Canadian singer-songwriter Tamia (pictured right) on stage, feeling super-excited and nervous at the same time.

My first stop was the meet-and-greet session at the Boardwalk pool area ahead of the sold-out concert, where VIPs were able to chat and pose with the star.

Media couple Queenie and Mio Khondleka looked chic in black and grey – what lovely people these two are.

I loved Bay TV presenter Suliwe Sihlwayi’s polka-dot dress, but Sizwe Bam, a non-executive director of the Boardwalk, took the winter seasonal thing a bit too far in his long black coat and beanie.

Once Tamia arrived I felt quite sorry for her as each and everyone there wanted to have their picture taken with her. She managed to keep her cool before dashing off to prepare for the show.

Municipal communications head Roland Williams and his wife, Shahnaz, could not keep their hands off each other. Tamia must have taken them down memory lane with her songs as they looked like a pair of high school lovers.

The sassy crooner looked diva-delicious on stage in a sexy black-and-white graphic-print dress with long slit. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, girl!

Looking ahead, stylish people, fillies, food and fashion are some of the treats guests can look forward to at the Fairview race event next weekend.

With a fashion show included this year, you can bet I’ll be there like Fred Astaire.

At the launch party last Thursday organisers went to great lengths to make the experience realistic and fun, even adding simulated horse-racing which guests like myself could place bets on.

This fab event was held at the Boardwalk’s Bravo Bar, with some truly stylish people in attendance (and eats to die for).

Theo Klaas, who is handling the fashion show component together with NMMU at next Sunday May 11’s racing event, showed off beautiful threads by Karla Vermaak. Unathi Faku rocked a rust ensemble and matching leather biker jacket.

One socialite who has finally embraced her fashion sense to the full is Seki Mandaba, who looked stunning in a multi- coloured jacket with killer black patent heels and skinny denims.

Another highlight from the past week was catching the Nelson Mandela Bay Voices at the PE Opera House last weekend, where artists like Phinda Matlala and Modern Tribe also shared their talent. Those kids from Modern Tribe are on another level. Phinda did not disappoint either, performing songs from her current album and taking her audience down memory lane. Then came the best part – the Nelson Mandela Bay Voices – proving all the best singers are indeed from our city!

I also caught Siphokazi Maraqana’s show at the Nangoza Jebe hall last weekend. Last time they had to can the show because only 11 people bought tickets.

This time organisers said they’d managed to sell 700 tickets – and yet there couldn’t have been more than 50 people there. On top of it, the show started 45 minutes late as Siphokazi had forgotten to bring along her stage outfit!

I was impressed with Thembinkosi Booi – remember the Usatane u jumpa amafence singer (Satan is jumping fences)? Yes, him! His performance was great. Cheers, darlings-and if you’re eligible then make sure you go and cast your vote on Wednesday! – Skinnerbek

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