Social market a hive of activity
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
OPENING DAY: Greg Milne, left, Claire Pouroullis and Robbie Barnard celebrated the opening of phase 1 of the redevelopment of Walmer Park Shopping Centre
CREATIVE MINDS: Lelethu Guntu, organiser of Kasi Social Market, relaxes with friend Victoria Mlandu at Pata Pata in New Brighton
TEAM SUPPORT: Simbulele Mtendeni, left, and Zizipho Cikozani supported their colleague Mafa Bavuma at his book launch last week
VINTAGE LOOK: Olwethu Hompa, left, and Botlenyane Moleko of Cheeky Vintage at Kasi Social Market at Pata Pata in New Brighton on Sunday