ast Saturday, the Nasrec Expo Centre in Joburg hosted one of the most wellorganised and well-supported hip-hop events this writer has seen.
Hosted by Castle Lite SA, and emceed by Nomuzi Mabena and Tol Ass Mo, the event focused on crowning the new brand ambassador.
The Embassy party attracted celebs, twelebs and a packed crowd of hip-hop and House fans, all kitted out to the nines in the dress code of white, grey or blue.
The huge crowd was no surprise, considering the massive social-media campaign run by Castle Lite to get fans to the party, and in the days just before the event, promoters and ambassadors gave lucky fans and competition winners tickets to the show.
After some electric performances by Okmalumkoolkat, Riky Rick and Cassper Nyovest (who debuted a new song off his upcoming album), Pearl Thusi treated the crowd to some unexpected twerking, and she was recrowned the Queen of the Castle Lite republic, retaining her ambassador position for another year. As the announcement was made, confetti burst from the stage, covering the crowd, which danced well into the early hours of the morning.
In the VIP section, guests were treated to a fully stocked open bar and an array of delicious finger food, although the vegetarians were somewhat of an afterthought.
All in all, it was an exceptional party, and the chance for serious music fans to get high-octane, professional performances from their favourite South African stars. The Embassy hype continues as Castle Lite is set to host a similar party in Plettenberg Bay. If the first event is anything to go by, there is no doubt that attendees of the Western Cape edition will be more than satisfied.
Some of the famous faces spotted were presenter Bujy Bikwa, L-Tido and Lunga Shabalala, and rappers Slikour and Sean Pages.