Bubbly and music – that’s oh so French!

Hello darlings, me again, you favourite gossip girl, here to bring your weekly dose of Umgosi. There are only so many events Skinners can jam into one weekend but for all my loyal readers, I try my best to make it to each and every one. If I can’t, I send my little minions to do the bidding for me.

Last Friday night I went and checked out the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the PE Opera House. Granted, they are no longer the “ou toppies” who started the group way back when, but their authentic South African sound has not changed one bit.

The upside about the group getting in new members is you’ve got some in there and any man that can sing is certainly worth my time.

The group was supported by local a capella group Legato. The lead singer and only woman, Lisa Yengeni, got everyone talking with her dance moves. The loud and in-your-face Sylvester Funani was the MC… Who decided to give that man a mic?

Last Saturday your Skinnerbek went to the “So Chef!” dinner where I immersed myself in French food and culture. The food was divine, darlings… and so was the French bubbly. In fact, I thought some of it had gone to my head when I spotted someone who looked just like Jaco Rademeyer, but not quite… I kept looking at him, wondering if Jaco had gained a little weight, until someone told me it was his identical twin brother, Pieter.

On the other side of town my associate was dining in luxury at our former mayor Nceba Faku’s 60th birthday and 10-year wedding anniversary to his beautiful wife, Unathi Faku, at the Great Gatsby- themed party.

The guests of honour stunned in their outfits, while Unathi stood out in her mermaid dress. The who’s who of politics were there, including Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle, Umhlobo Wenene presenter Putco Mafani and the ever-present Theo Klaas.

I spent Sunday nursing a hangover and getting ready for the week ahead. Skinnerbek does not have a blesser kaloku, and this partying life ain’t cheap!
Until next time my eager beavers, Ciao!

 

Event of the week:

Former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Nceba Faku Celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary, 60th birthday and 40th year in politics at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on October 22.

Pumeza Bono and Theo Klaas stuck to the black and white theme at Nceba Faku's birthday and anniversary party Picture: Iinkumbuzo photography
Pumeza Bono and Theo Klaas stuck to the black and white theme at Nceba Faku’s birthday and anniversary party Picture: Iinkumbuzo photography

 

See more pictures from the event of the week in tomorrow’s Weekend Post.

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