A night of the stars

2011-05-21 13:10

It’s not every day that people get to party with entertainment industry veterans and, if the truth be told, they are all still young at heart.

On Wednesday night, Mzansi’s entertainment legends gathered at Sophiatown Bar Lounge in Newtown, Johannesburg, to shoot the breeze and find out more about an upcoming concert called One Night With The SA Legend on August 27.

While some people use the term “legend” loosely, this concert has the real makoyas.

The line-up includes Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Abigail Kubheka, Tshepo Tshola, Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya, Mara Louw, Condry Ziqubu, Mbongeni Ngema, Stimela, Johnny Clegg and Ihashi Elimhlophe.

Joe Mafela and Lillian Dube will host the concert.

My eye was caught by a silver turban so high it could have been reaching for the skies.

It was balanced on the head of style icon Abigail Kubheka.

The outfit was completed by a white beaded dress and silver stilettos with anklet detail, and the pièce de résistance – a sleeveless fur coat. Now that’s original fierceness!

Lillian Dube was a rowdy but fun guest who couldn’t sit still for longer than five minutes. She enjoyed herself even more than rumoured bride-to-be Mara Louw.

The two kept egging on those who took to the stage, clapping and singing along to performances by the Soweto Marimba Youth League, ­Gloria Bosman and Camagwini.

Speaking of Camagwini, someone needs to hold a fashion intervention for her.

Dressing like Bride of Freddy Krueger is not a good look. She wore a dodgy black hat covering an equally creepy hairstyle.

Patches of her hairpiece matched the epaulette detail and, worse, there was that one long lock hanging down the front of her face.

During her chat with Ms Kubheka, the damned thing looked like it was trying to slither into the singer’s mouth to suck out some style.

The less said about the rest of the outfit, the better.

Throughout the event, hosted by Bob Mabena, the legends kept taking good-natured digs at Mary Twala’s age, with Dube adding “biltong” somewhere along the line.

But Twala, who is Somizi Mhlongo’s mum, took it all in her stride. Good thing she wasn’t sharing Dube’s loud table, which included Kubheka, Patrick Shai, Connie Chiume and the men who acted in iconic vernacular ­dramas of yesteryear like Boikie Pholo, who played Raihlwana in Lesilo Rula, and Lucky Legodi, who most will remember as Makgorometja in Ke Kgwebo Ya Ka Ye.

 Vusi Thanda from Emzini Wezinsizwa, who coined the “as far as I’m concerned” phrase, was also seated at the table.

Other tables had Cynthia Shange sitting with her daughter, Nonhle Thema; Candy Moloi and her actress daughter, Lerato; ­Ntsiki Mazwai, who performed a poem that delighted the audience; Elimhlophe, who wore a colour-coordinated outfit with his wife, Linah Ngcobo of Ebony fame; and former married couple Leleti Khumalo and Mbongeni Ngema, who brought their respective partners.

It was a relaxed, fun night where everyone felt comfortable about acting crazy. 

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