TL’s Zamahlasela Gabela sailed off to sea onboard KAYA FM’s Soul and Jazz Cruise. So the day had come for us to get onboard the MSC Opera for KAYA FM’s annual Soul and Jazz cruise. My mum had been speaking about it for weeks so when it was time to embark on our journey we were only too ready. As soon as we were on deck we relaxed and had lunch followed by a welcome by KAYA FM’s Managing Director, Greg Moloka. We set sail after that, and the party started with a serious get-down on deck 11 of the ship which was later dubbed the “chisa-nyama” by some of those onboard. Our stay on the ship mostly consisted of long lazy lunches and performances by the ever so talented Zakes Bantwini and Jimmy Dludlu, party starters Mafikizolo as well as the KAYA FM DJ’s. An incredible full-body massage at the spa onboard overlooking the sea was also on the cards, giving the trip the ultimate sense of relaxation. A definite highlight was a performance on the Sunday afternoon, by up and coming SA comedian Skhumbuzo “Skhumba” Hlophe. Although the ship was supposed to allow passengers to disembark at our Portuguese Islands destination, the weather didn’t oblige, so we spent all of our time onboard. Fortunately for us there was more than enough to keep entertained. “This cruise was literally unchartered waters,” says Greg. “This isn’t just about having a party on a ship. The audience we serve is one that’s lived in two countries. Pre and post 1994,” he adds. The cruise started last year in an effort to introduce KAYA FM’s market to new environments. “People have the desire to travel, you just have to package it correctly,” Greg further emphasises. Keep your ears on the ground for information about 2014’s cruise and make sure that you are there to experience for yourself how it feels to live on a ship, even if it’s just for a couple of days ?
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