Bay alive with laughs and vibes

OUT AND ABOUT: Simone Buchner, left, and Michelle Campbell were at the Music is for Everyone launch in featuring Justin Serrao
OUT AND ABOUT: Simone Buchner, left, and Michelle Campbell were at the Music is for Everyone launch in featuring Justin Serrao

AFTER a long and arduous week of work (yes, your Skinnerbek doesn’t just schmooze and gossip), I turned in at 33 Chapel Street last Friday to attend the launch of Music is for Everyone, in aid of Treble Effect.

The impressive venue took me back to my days in Europe with its charming old-world vibe.

Our very own Asanda Mqiki enthralled the audience with her vocal chords, hitting those high notes of Aretha Franklin’s You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman and looking curvaceous in a wine-red shirt with dark pants, finished off with a check jacket.

Michelle Campbell was uber trendy with her leather jacket and cap. The man of the evening, Justin Serrao, with a voice that will melt your blues away, took to the stage in skinny jeans and a T-shirt. The brother does know how to strum those strings.

Music enthusiasts Khusta and Karen Jack were bopping away to the sounds. Nicky and Steve Volker were also in the audience.

Well done, Michelle, on resurrecting an old dame.

Since laughter is the best medicine, I next headed for KwaLunga General Jazz Lounge, where there was a two-hour comedy session with Umhlobo Wenene’s presenters Pastor Nozewu and Mafa Bavuma.

There were also some comedians from Mdantsane in action.

Opera House general manager Monde Ngonyama dispensed with his usual whisky and instead I saw him sipping still water – someone must be sticking to his New Year’s resolutions.

You can’t go to KwaLunga and not bump into businesspeople; I spotted Ncamile Yina and Phumelele Ngesi who were having a good laugh.

Resident DJ Lulamile Stuurman entertained us with African jazz. You should’ve seen the sugar daddies shaking their beer bellies, or is it their wealth bellies? On Saturday I attended the first Redd’s “unleash the carnival” in Summerstrand. VIP’s like yours truly were driven around in an open-deck VIP bus.

It was good to see Bay FM DJ Luzuko Qoba again. Bay FM lunch presenter Roch-Lee Bloem looked sassy in her red costume.

The music was nice and I even saw SAB’s general manager of flavoured alcoholic beverages Micah Naidoo having a good time.

We then returned to the VIP area which was decorated in red and white leather sofas.

Umhlobo Wenene’s Elvis Mali danced the night away.

But ladies, if you are blessed with a luscious African body like myself, please refrain from wearing crop tops – its very disturbing to see a full-figured woman showing that much flesh.

On Sunday I made my way to Jeya’s for Ntosh Madlingozi’s birthday.

I was surprised when he said he was 39 years old. I thought he was younger.

Maybe it’s because of his sense of humour.

The event was supposed to start at 7pm but people decided to stick to African time and it only kicked off after 8pm.

Ntosh Madlingozi was dressed in a white top and black pants and had everyone losing themselves. That guy is amazingly funny. Umhlobo Wenene DJ Slyso looked casual in his short pants and hoody, while Bay FM news reader Brenda Nomkhala rocked her red All Stars.

The Herald is celebrating 170 years of keeping the Eastern Cape informed, and I will be at tonight’s glitzy dinner at the Boardwalk Convention Centre to check out who is wearing what and who is with whom!

-The Herald Reporter

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