Stars drink to a legacy

Hen­nessy founder’s fam­ily in SA to mark 200th birth­day

The Sunday Independent - - Up ‘n About - AMANDA MALIBA Isi­baya

THE cold front that un­ex­pect­edly hit Joburg this week did not stop throngs from pitch­ing up at the Hen­nessy VSOP Priv­i­lege 200th year cel­e­bra­tion. The choice of venue, Tur­bine Hall at the New­town Precinct, was per­fect for the func­tion.

A walk­way was cre­ated with six pre­miere Hen­nessy bot­tles on ei­ther side of the foyer lead­ing down into the photo area where 200 bot­tles were set up as the back­drop to mark the co­gnac’s 200th an­niver­sary.

And at that point it was a lit­tle un­clear what the night had in store for us, but boy was it event­ful.

Among the wait­ing guests was master of cer­e­monies Maps Maponyane kit­ted out in a white jacket.

Yes, it was a black-tie event, but clearly not ev­ery­one got the memo as the looks of the night var­ied depend­ing on peo­ple’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the dress code.

Zakes Bantwini, Katleho “Kat” Sini­vasan and Slik­our of Sk­watta Kamp fame were also there among the guests wait­ing in the fancy foyer.

Af­ter the wel­come speech, we were ad­dressed by one of the two eighth-gen­er­a­tion descen­dants of Richard Hen­nessy, Roch.

As he put it, the night was to ex­pe­ri­ence the jour­ney of the co­gnac that started more than 200 years ago and to share in the dream of cre­at­ing in­di­vid­ual lega­cies.

And what bet­ter way than to in­vite the movers and shak­ers of our times, he said.

Then, just when we thought the night was over, we were ush­ered into the third part of the pro­gramme, a grand din­ner.

The din­ing room was dimly lit and each guest was al­lowed to select their own seat, which was an amaz­ingly in­clu­sive part of the night.

There were two very long ta­bles with black table­cloths, burn­ing black can­dles and vary­ing gold cen­tre­pieces on ran­dom points of the ta­ble.

The mu­sic, as at the wait­ing points, was of a royal stan­dard which set the tone nicely for the his­tor­i­cal jour­ney we were about to take.

Sit­ting just across from me was new kid on the block, hip hop star Bigstar John­son. To my left was record la­bel Vth Sea­son boss Raphael Benza, and at the top of our ta­ble was ac­tress Nam­bitha Ben-Mazwi with Maps.

Also spot­ted in the room were ac­tors and bud­dies Sdumo Mt­shali and Pal­lance Dladla, cel­e­brated ac­tor Is­rael Mat­seke Zulu who is pop­u­larly known as GP and e.tv ac­tress Nunu Khu­malo, among others.

At the head of the ta­bles were the two Hen­nessy descen­dants, Roch and Mau­rice Hen­nessy, who have both en­sured the fam­ily legacy did not die.

There were per­for­mances in between the three-course meal and var­i­ous Hen­nessy cock­tails.

@Aman­daMal­iba

PIC­TURE: NOKUTHULA MBATHA/ AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

SUAVE. Master of cer­e­monies Maps Maponyane GLAM­OUR. Ac­tress Nandipha Se­foloko at the do.

IN TUNE. Singer Zakes Bantwini was there

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