From the days of Horizon Deep to The Duncan, Isidingo has come a long way. Lesley Mofokeng joined soapie royalty to celebrate the show’s 15th.
Isidingo’s 15th birthday dinner turned out to be a gastronomic feast of gluttonous proportions.
It was a sin. You’ve had a four course meal, maybe even five, but a 15 course meal? Surely the soapie can claim their place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Stars across the soapie spectrum populated the current venue of choice, Katy’s Palace Bar in Sandton, north of Joburg, to toast the SABC3 soapie.
And, of course, to indulge in the haute cuisine on offer.
For a change, soapie stars from all the SABC channels and e.tv dined together without the politics of broadcasting.
Star attractions such as Robert Whitehead, in shades, black suit and red shoes could not be missed.
Jamie Barlett from e.tv’s Rhythm City also made an appearance with his two-tone specs.
There’s something about these soapie villains and eyewear.
Stars from Muvhango and 7de Laan also stopped by, but there were curiously none from Generations except Nambitha Mpumlwana, who has left the show already.
You would be forgiven for thinking you were at a soapie convention.
As for the nosh – edible sea sand, meat fruit, silky spherical mojito with cigar, and nitrogen poached meringues.
Choking yet? Served in minute portions, it isn’t haute cuisine for nothing and guests were left wanting more.
The food was named after the soapie characters.
So you had Barker (the Nitrogen poached meringues), Rajesh (conservative cheese and wine) Katlego (pastry, custard and marshmallow with lots of sour twists), in a way reflecting their personalities.
The birthday cake was dubbed Zeb “for the man that’s been there since the beginning”, in tribute to Don Mlangeni who plays Zeb Matabane.
I sat next to the well-groomed and polite Tema Sebopedi, who plays Lerato and whom I didn’t recognise until she introduced herself.
I expected a loud bimbo in bright colours, but she was sombre and demure.
Pearl Thusi, who plays Palesa on Isidingo, looked like a movie star in the gold dress she had on, a far cry from the shocker she wore the night before at the So You Think You Can Dance launch (see Na-Wow!).
You’d think after a 15-course meal, guests would leave happy . . . not in this town.
There were murmurs of dissatisfaction and jokes about stopping at the 24-hour fast food joint to get a filling meal.
Keketso Semoko, who plays Ma Agnes, joked that she was going to have a peanut butter sandwich.
» After the eat-athon, the party moved to Sandton City, where likers of things camped at Musica at midnight.
The aim was to see dance band Mi Casa perform and release their second album Su Casa.
The band kicked off the show with a smoky, jazzy set before picking up the pace, much to the excitement of the die-hard fans.
Some of Mi Casa’s collaborators and celebrity friends who braved the midnight show were Black Coffee, who took to the decks to perform their song Africa Shine.
Jika is va crowd pleaser and a surefire festive season hit. Capetonian Jimmy Nevis brought his cool on Feel The Love.
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