Sweet as Shuga

CityPress - - News - PHUMLANI S LANGA phumlani.sithebe@city­press.co.za

MTV’s pop­u­lar ed­u­ca­tional youth drama Shuga is back for a new sea­son. Dubbed Shuga: Down South, it is set in South Africa for the first time. The stars came out to mark the oc­ca­sion on a chilled and chatty Tues­day evening at Mon­te­casino in Four­ways.

The party had a bit of a se­ri­ous tone, which was quite fit­ting, be­cause Shuga aims to high­light so­cial and sex­ual is­sues faced by young Africans.

A siz­able au­di­ence – in­clud­ing mu­si­cians Nomsa Mazwai and Nakhane (who has of­fi­cially dropped the sur­name Touré) – filled up the venue.

The pre­miere was dot­ted with the cast from the new sea­son – in­clud­ing Ayanda Makayi, Clint Brink, Jezriel Skei, Lerato Walaza and Win­nie Nt­shaba.

Hun­gani Ndlovu, who plays Romeo on e.tv’s Scan­dal, was there to sup­port his Scan­dal costar and girl­friend Stephanie Sandows, who has a role in Shuga this sea­son. The theme was Pink Car­pet Ready (all brand­ing around the show is pink), which of course meant that peeps were rock­ing suits and long flowy dresses. No­ma­langa Shozi’s out­fit was some­thing to marvel at. Heemal Ganja, one third of beat squad Ganja Beats, was out show­ing love with his wife. He chose pink, but aban­doned the whole idea that such events call for prim and proper. Truth be told, it worked for him. Nt­shaba, who was an ab­so­lute vi­sion on the night in a gold dress, makes her re­turn to the small screen in Shuga, and so does Tshepo Maseko. The MTV Stay­ing Alive Foun­da­tion and their spon­sors, in­clud­ing the de­part­ment of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, have thrown their sup­port be­hind the power of edu­tain­ment to up­lift the youth. More power to them.

SIZ­ZLING Ac­tress No­ma­langa Shozi wowed the pink car­pet HOST WITH THE MOST Co­me­dian Tol A$$ Mo was a slick co-host

SHUGA AND SPICE Samela Tyel­booi, Vanessa Mdee who plays Storm in Shuga and Mma­batho Montsho who di­rected episodes of Shuga

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