SKINNERBEK| Rocking the ‘doek’ with Dumza & Co
If you think a man would ever influence your favourite Skinnerbek into rocking a “doek” in public, then you are absolutely correct ... especially if that man is Dumza Maswana.
On Saturday, the jazz singer brought his Celebrating African Song concert to the Port Elizabeth Opera House and, if you pay any attention, you know he likes to rock a proudly Xhosa attire and a “doek” at his concerts. This one was no different and the pride with which he wears the “doek” may have pressured some (including yours truly) into sporting their own “doeks”.
The show attracted some of the Bay’s famous faces which included businessman and author Mkhuseli “Khusta” Jack whom I hear was one of the event sponsors, Unathi Creations founder Unathi Ngqolombe and her friend Yolanda Zantsi who also seemed to have received the “doek” memo.Also spotted among those who dressed to the nines, was Umhlobo Wenene FM marketing manager Faith Ngadi, rocking a black-and-white outfit while fans of newly appointed Miss PE Simbulele “Simmy” Mtendeni swooned around her and snapped selfies!
The show started a bit behind schedule, but nobody seemed to mind as it gave them enough time to snap the perfect photo for the ’Gram, check in on Facebook, tweet and goodness knows what else because these days if you don’t post it, it never happened, fam!
Anywho, Dumza eventually kicked off the spectacular show with Som’Bawo, song covers by fallen jazz legends and music from his album Molo. All went higher from there.
As some of you may know, the singer had spotted the Bay’s talented 15-year-old Likwithemba Booi and decided to share the stage with him at his show. Needless to say, they both delivered.
As though two gifted Xhosa singers were not enough to set the stage on fire, The Soil member Ntsika Ngxanga added his own fuel with performances of songs from his new solo album, I Write What I Dream. Knowing Ntsika, a performance is incomplete if he doesn’t include his dance moves which left the ladies more than pleased.
Equally pleasing to Skinners were the specially designed Molo earrings created by Nkazana Creations and sold at the door.
If there were a repeat of the same show, I would definitely buy another ticket and rock another “doek”. Well done, Dumza!