For the working folk, Saturday is the best day of the week. One gets to sleep in. See friends; do some shopping; have a long, slow coffee. Feel good about life, the universe and, if not everything, at least most things. An event that certainly left us feeling good was the Metro FM African Masquerade hosted at the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg.
Three of the country’s most soulful artists, Kabomo, Unathi and Zonke graced the stage of the state of the art venue in celebration of Metro FM’s 26th birthday. Themed “African Masquerade”, people from every corner of the country poured into the sophisticated Teatro wearing masks and fashionably dressed.
Adjacent to the Teatro is a smaller sized venue, Viaticus, which was prepared as the VIP lounge for guests to mingle and enjoy an African cuisine before the start to the musical extravaganza. It was already half full when we arrived with couples occupying most of the couches. The bar was lined up with inviting drinks – of course we helped ourselves to one or two.
Sounds of Unathi and Kabomo’s music flowed through speakers as the lounge gradually filled up and conversations got us in the mood. At 7pm, an upbeat house song invited people into the main theatre were magic would soon ignite. Guests gathered in the spacious foyer, some stood at the front desk to collect their complimentary tickets.
Meanwhile SA DJs Glen Lewis and VigiLante had the crowd moving to the rhythms of Hip-hop and House music as fans poured into the auditorium that accommodates approximately 3 000 people. Conveniently situated next to the N1 in Roodepoort (to the west of the city of Johannesburg), the premises are easily accessible from the 14th Avenue off-ramp.
Sibusiso Leope aka DJ Sbu, hostof the event, ramped up the pace as he welcomed a lively audience to the musical fest that saw Kabomo open the stage up for the two soul queens. Performing songs from his debut album, “All Things Grey”, he lured ladies to sing to his melodies. Recently signed by Reverbnation, the multi-talented singer and producer is a fiery performer who lays his soul on stage. He had the crowd waving to hits like Uzobuyaand Busisizwe.
A stellar performance by Kabomo opened up for the incredibly talented Zonke Dikana. Splendour dressed in a feathery blouse and stylish high-wasted pants, Zonke appeared radiant with a band that filled the 278 square meter stage. The seating layout ensured that we had an excellent view of Zonke’s magnificent performance that led the crowd from one song to the next.
The auditorium is an impressively elegant vibrant arena of red, green and blue mosaic which complimented the spectacular stage lighting and effects. The final performer of the night further lit the arena with her elegance and grace as she performed heart-rending tracks. Joined by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Unathi wooed the crowd as it waved in unison. She finished off with her latest hit song Kwa Nolali.
The Mosaïek Teatro has had numerous successes with its own in-house productions, as well as hosting a number of local and international acts and corporate events. Large scale productions and musical spectaculars such as the Metro FM Masqueradeand Idols SA are but some of the many unforgettable events held here.