Drum rolls for SA’s brightest stars

2011-10-29 09:14

Old age is scared of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. I’m officially sure of this. On Wednesday night – when Drum magazine hosted a party at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park to celebrate its 60th anniversary – the feisty Mother of the Nation looked as youthful as ever in a gold evening number that outshone everyone in the room.

This was no easy feat as she was in a room with equally iconic South African women – Lillian Dube, Mary Twala, Thandi Klaasen (with her funky shoes), and Valentine’s Day poster pin-ups Caiphus Semenya and his wife, Letta Mbulu.

Half the Generations cast – including Mfundi Vundla – was there since almost all of them have now featured on the mag’s cover.

The event kicked off with a funky performance by Umoja, who livened up the mood with Sophiatown dance moves. But the mood soon changed when the MC, Penny Lebyane, delivered her sleep-inducing monologue.

 It was disappointing because she’s usually on the ball. I mean, hello, she does host a talkshow! Then it picked up when Somizi Mhlongo, in his Madame Gigi persona, performed the Brenda Fassie hit Zola Budd.

Another performance that seemed to make everyone excited was Zahara, who performed semi-live (I swear I heard a backtrack over her vocals), but who cares when everyone is so crazy about her.

Her entourage-cum-bodyguards from TS Records were there, as usual. This girl is so popular, I wouldn’t put it past Mama Winnie herself to poach her and start a record label.

Drum editor Makhosazana Zwane Siguqa swopped her long hair-extensions for a short bob, which was flattering on her.
Khanyi Mbau cut a demure figure in a glamorous and colourful evening gown.

Speaking of colourful gowns, whoever made that pink dress for Lebyane should be locked up by the fashion police. She took pity on us, later changing into a black number with diamante detail.

PJ Powers, or Thandeka as so many call her, was there, as was Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who received a standing ovation for her work.

There must have been a sale of trouser suits somewhere because they seemed quite popular with the older crowd, like Madonsela and Sibongile Khumalo, who collected an award on behalf of legendary cover girl Dolly Rathebe.

Poet Lebo Mashile brought along her mother as her date and Thembi Seete accepted a rising star award before performing as Boom Shaka. Storyteller Gcina Mhlophe also received an award.

I spotted Pabi Moloi sitting at a table full of guys (she beat me to it). Dineo Ranaka, sporting a blonde curly hairdo, waltzed in wearing a skimpy black number with a lot of lace and flesh.

Legendary photographer Alf Khumalo also received an award. He held it with one hand while holding his camera in the other. The only time he let the camera go was when he had to pose for pictures, but he quickly picked it up again – and forgot to take his award. With the formalities out of the way, DJ Sbu got the crowd dancing.

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