Madame Gigi sets Feather Awards alight

2011-11-12 19:53

This week’s Feather Awards in Johannesburg were as scintillating as they promised, thanks to choreographer Somizi Mhlongo’s alter ego Madame Gigi.

The drag queen, who resembled an escapee from the Cradle of Humankind, took to the stage in a curly bronze wig and butterfly eyelashes to lay it on popular personalities who have made headlines in recent months.

Performing a made-up song to the tune of Adele’s Rolling In the Deep, Madame Gigi sang about everyone from Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to socialite Khanyi Mbau. And madame wasn’t trying to be discreet.

In her first rendition, Gigi took a stab at DJ Cleo, claiming he “swings both ways”.

Then she went at SABC sports presenter Andile Ncube.

“There’s a fire burning in Andile Ncube’s heart. He was so excited that he was going to be a daddy, until Rosette said you are not the baby daddy, apparently it was some Minister’s baby… he wishes he could have stayed with Somizi in a relationship, ” sang Gigi, to gasps from the audience.

Gigi was just warming up. She mocked singer Kelly Khumalo and lover Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye for allegedly biting each other, but it was Mbalula’s verse that had everyone in stitches.

It started with Gigi singing that the minister had received a sms from a girl who told him she was pregnant and went on. “You speak about a condom that broke, but dear Minister you shouldn’t have used a Choice condom,” she sang.

The flamboyant artist, draped in her trademark feather boa, also took a swipe at TV personality Nonhle Thema, using the soundtrack of Zahara’s Loliwe hit song.

“Nonhle Thema said sit down to Minnie and Dineo Ranaka and they are all now in the same room; mtrapeni, (hit her),” she sang. Ranaka turned her back to the stage while Dlamini put her hand over her mouth as the whole room turned to stare at them.

ANCYL president Julius Malema and TV personality Zola didn’t escape Gigi’s loose tongue. Juju was told to “stop his verbal diarrhoea” while Zola was ragged for allegedly setting his dogs on a journalist.

Mhlongo refused to comment on his explicit lyrics, but his peers took time to praise him on Twitter.

“Somizi is killing it on stage. What a marvellously gifted beautiful soul ,” wrote former radio personality Lupi Ngcayisa.

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