So­cial mar­ket a hive of ac­tiv­ity

The Herald (South Africa) - - Leisure -

Hey dar­lings, tell me you missed me as much as I did you.

In case you thought you were the only one who suf­fered for your weekly fix, you don’t know how hard it is to keep a whole week of umgosi all to your­self.

As much as I would love to up­date you on the past two weeks, that’s old news so let’s move on to fresher juice.

Last Sun­day, Skin­ners braved the bad weather and headed to the Kasi So­cial Mar­ket at Sheya Ku­lati Cir­cle in New Brighton.

Food, cloth­ing and craft stalls were the or­der of the day and Mand­lakazi Booi’s printed T-shirts with mes­sages con­demn­ing women abuse could not be missed.

The likes of Suliwe Sihlwayi on the decks and Mal’Stones de­signer Asanda Mali were among the many who braved the weather. I hear the de­signer re­cently spoilt her­self with new wheels. Halala girl!

Your gos­sip girl went down the Baak­ens Val­ley for the pre­open­ing evening of Joff’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion When We Were Here at Gallery Ark on Tues­day.

Those who aren’t fa­mil­iar with the name might be fa­mil­iar with his street art in pub­lic spa­ces like on the wall in the open space on the side of Val­ley Road and the paint­ing on the wall of Chicky’s Yard.

While the art in this spe­cific se­ries is much darker than his street art, it def­i­nitely is worth a visit in the two weeks it’s run­ning for.

If you’re a fan of aes­thetic fur­ni­ture and decor, you’ll be glad to see how well some of the art­works by var­i­ous other artists blend in with the fur­ni­ture in­side Ark Fur­ni­ture Works as you head to the mini gallery where Joff is ex­hibit­ing.

Be­cause the ex­hi­bi­tion would only open to the pub­lic the fol­low­ing night (Wed­nes­day), only a few of Joff’s spe­cial guests such as friends, fam­ily and fel­low artists in­clud­ing Roland Gas­par were there.

Wed­nes­day was an­other art evening at the open­ing of Them­balethu Man­qun­yana’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the GFI Art Gallery, where it was crawl­ing with Bay artists. I can’t re­mem­ber the last time an ex­hi­bi­tion at­tracted such a crowd.

It’s no sur­prise though see­ing the artist him­self is al­ways spot­ted at al­most ev­ery ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing in town. Well-de­served sup­port, if you ask me.

It was how­ever a big sur­prise for Skin­ners to learn Man­qun­yana’s age. I spent all the time I’ve known the 34year-old think­ing he was a 90sborn kid.

From play­wright Xolisa Ngube­langa, co­me­dian Lon­wabo Xatasi, fash­ion de­signer Evans Zemba, artist Bad­abeam Bad­aboom and, again, DJ Suli ... name a Bay artist and they were there. And what’s an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing with­out Basil Brady snap­ping ev­ery smile with his lens?

Mean­while, lit­tle birdies tell me Bay singer No­sisi Mavela held an in­cred­i­ble gospel on jazz show at the Athenaeum last Fri­day, al­though I hear she did keep the crowds wait­ing.

If the ad­ver­tised start time is 6pm then why make peo­ple wait un­til 7.30pm to hear the first note?

My source at the con­cert said the mu­sic was fab­u­lous when it did even­tu­ally get go­ing, with sev­eral tear-jerk­ing mo­ments such as a warm trib­ute to her mother, MaDlamini, and a poem about child abuse, with the song Sen­zeni Na? (What Have We Done?) as the mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

Truly heart­break­ing, I’m told, and hav­ing heard that voice my­self, I be­lieve ev­ery last word!

Ciao dar­lings!

Pic­ture: GIL­LIAN McAINSH GIRL POWER: Kasi So­cial Mar­ket visi­tors, from left, Yolanda Zantsi, Non­tuthuzelo Jolin­gana, Mand­lakazi Booi and Vuyo Tshingila rais­ing aware­ness of gen­der-based vi­o­lence at the New Brighton event Pic­ture:LONDEKADLAMINI

Pic­ture: LONDEKA DLAMINI

GOSPEL GOES JAZZ: No­sisi Mavela fans, from left, Hlubi He­witt-Cole­man, Man­disa Buwa, Bongi Daniels and Buy­iswa Hlazo en­joyed the singer’s show at the Athenaeum on Fri­day night

Pic­ture: WERNER HILLS

SAY NO TO PLAS­TIC: Col­le­giate Girls’ High School teacher Grant Sny­man was proud of his pupils, from left, Layla Salie, Nathi Klein­booi and Alexia ‘Cruella de Vil’ Young, all 15, at the school’s re­cy­cling fash­ion show last week

Pic­ture: WERNER HILLS

TRASH IS TREND­ING: Gus­tel Agen­bag, left, Gemma Phillips, 15, and Paulo Putigna en­joyed the re­cy­cling fash­ion show held at Col­le­giate Girls’ High School on Fri­day

Pic­ture: LONDEKA DLAMINI

MR AND MRS: Mafa and wife Kuhle Bavuma at the book launch of ‘Born For This’ at the Opera House

LEVEL UP: Sylvester ‘Samora’ Wil­liams and Amanda Klaas were ready for a night of cock­tails and glam­our at No5 by Man­tis bou­tique ho­tel in Sum­mer­strand this week

Pic­ture: EU­GENE COET­ZEE

LET’S EAT: En­ver Peters from the Culi­nary Acad­emy of Port El­iz­a­beth was one of the stall­hold­ers at the Deep­avali mar­ket at the Mal­abar Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sun­day

Pic­ture: GIL­LIAN McAINSH Pic­ture: LONDEKA DLAMINI

CHEERS! Deveda Bloem, left, and Leonie Scheep­ers en­joy cof­fee at the new Cafe Capellini at the open­ing of phase 1 of the Walmer Park Shop­ping Cen­tre re­de­vel­op­ment last week

Pic­ture: GIL­LIAN McAINSH

GIN O’CLOCK: Yvette Borgelt, left, treated Bev­er­ley Zon­nveld to a Cape Town Gin Com­pany and Lindt choco­late tast­ing at No5 by Man­tis bou­tique ho­tel’s Cock­tails and Glam­our night on Tues­day

Pic­ture: EU­GENE COET­ZEE

MAL­ABAR CEL­E­BRA­TION: Deep­avali mar­ket visi­tors, from left, Ar­pita Pa­tel, Mansi Pa­tel and Asha Acharya en­joyed the event at the Mal­abar Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sun­day

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Friends, from left, Noyise Kh­wahla, Zuk­iswa Mqumbisa and Hlu­bikazi Mo­mane were at the Opera House for the launch of Mafa Bavuma’s book

Pic­ture: GIL­LIAN McAINSH

OPEN­ING DAY: Greg Milne, left, Claire Pouroullis and Rob­bie Barnard cel­e­brated the open­ing of phase 1 of the re­de­vel­op­ment of Walmer Park Shop­ping Cen­tre

Pic­ture: LONDEKA DLAMINI

CREATIVE MINDS: Lelethu Guntu, or­gan­iser of Kasi So­cial Mar­ket, re­laxes with friend Vic­to­ria Mlandu at Pata Pata in New Brighton

Pic­ture: LONDEKA DLAMINI

TEAM SUP­PORT: Sim­bulele Mten­deni, left, and Zizipho Cikozani sup­ported their col­league Mafa Bavuma at his book launch last week

Pic­ture: LONDEKA DLAMINI

VIN­TAGE LOOK: Ol­wethu Hompa, left, and Botlenyane Moleko of Cheeky Vin­tage at Kasi So­cial Mar­ket at Pata Pata in New Brighton on Sun­day

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