Scene City: Dramatic royal party evening

2012-07-07 11:22

I don’t know many people over 30 years of age who attend YFM parties any more, so I also started weaning myself off them when I hit my late 20s.

But somehow I found myself at the youth station’s yearly Youth Day bash held at Park Station in the Joburg CBD. The theme was King of Thrones and guests were encouraged to get in full costume.

While others obliged – we see you Miss Teen Celeste Khumalo with your tiara – many simply wore their usual party outfits.

The place was packed with young people who looked like they were ready to get down – high heels were few and far between.

The VIP section was where you found the mature crowd – mainly because they’re somehow affiliated to the station’s DJs and others were performers of the evening.

Every young person’s favourite local personality was there. From AKA, Khuli Chana, Teargas, The Muffinz, Amu, PRO, Toya Delazy and DJ Cleo to David Kau, Slikour and MiCasa. Metro FM DJs who started their careers at YFM were there, including DJ Sbu, a dressed-down Unathi Msengana, Adil and Msengana’s hubby 5FM’s Thomas.

The stage performance was produced and choreographed by Somizi Mhlongo, so it wasn’t much of a surprise to see all the over-the-top dramatic antics on stage.

Bonang Matheba was into “Queen B” mode in a regal Gert-Johan Coetzee black lace number and turban with a crown design.

She made an arresting entry on stage with a group of flamboyant dancers before taking a seat on a golden throne. This girl sure knows how to bring drama.

While most of the performances brought the audience to screaming level, it was DJ Cleo’s 15-minute-long performance that took the screaming to hysteria.

The muso took to the stage in a royal costume before stripping to a vest to show off his toned body.

It was clearly a bring-a-protégé-to-work kind of party since Teargas also brought out their Cashtime Fam on stage to perform their popular track Goodbye before unleashing their latest single Wake Up to the clued-up crowd who sang along.

One of the members, Ntukza Hanabe, said their latest album is coming out later this month and that they are planning a continental launch.

“This album is for the entire Africa,” Hanabe said.

It was an evening of crazy and fun, and the youngsters behaved themselves – especially because the police station is right next door.

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