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2013-12-15 14:00

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As the nation put a pause on the party scene this week to honour Madiba, Siyabonga Sithole took some time out to enjoy the best of SA music

Amstel Lager hosted the “take your time out with the best of SA music” with Black Coffee and Khuli Chana as headline acts and what was also supposed to have been a “night out with influencers” on the social scene.

The location of choice was the up-market The Venue in Melrose Arch and Thursday came to be filled with lots of ordinary folks having a night of pure fun.

It was a bit awkward knowing that the country was still mourning its founding father and here I was getting down and dirty.

The “self-dressed” and “Iko Mash-styled” Siphokazi January was the only notable influencer and guest of honour on the night. Those who gave the event a miss include KB of Rhythm City.

Blogger Mika Stefano, who identified himself as one of the “influencers”, came much later into the night and disappeared on me before I could say hello.

The networking part was left to interactions between party lovers, and their partners and friends.

The two headline acts kept the crowd on the dance floor the entire night, ensuring that the music and the choice of artists on the night best represented SA’s finest. With that bit covered, the night wore on delightfully with lots of dancing, booty-hopping and pouting poses from the ladies.

Starting at 9pm the build-up to the main event was slow as DJ Phat Jack’s deep House-laden two-hour set made for an ideal takeoff.

The Superman of the decks, DJ Black Coffee, did what he is known for – getting the crowds on the dance floor with every song played.

January, the host of The Full Circle on Metro FM, could not resist the Black Coffee magic when midway through his set she took to the dance floor, leaving her friends glued to their seats. She remained there until the irrepressible Khuli Chana came on stage an hour later.

The Chana Power was in his element with his Motswako rap. The overeager crowd begged for more as Chana performed some of his hits – Tswa Da, Hape Le Hape – with a touch of kwaito added to the mix.

The rapper who survived a police attack called his Morafe crew on to the stage for an epic performance.

Some revellers danced the night away, while others enjoyed a variety of finger snacks. The beer kept flowing throughout the night, which ended after 2am.

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