So I decided to grace the YFM Youth Day party cause you know, for as long as I’m under 35 I’m considered youth in this country comrade! The do was held at the Blue Room in Park Station, a venue that is a classic architecturally but not well maintained it seems, still a nice venue though. When I broke my partying virginity a couple of years ago, the first ever party I attended was a Y party and since then I had made it a point to attend any of their parties as they were the “bomb diggity”! Over the years, the parties dried up and somewhere along the lines, so did their status as the most rocking Youth station. The theme was “King of Thrones”. I believe the royal blood runs in my veins, my bald patch could serve as a crown and as for the sword….*giggles* but I still put on an effort even though no one really noticed. I was dressed as the king of hip-hop with a cap and all, but mainly to cover my receding hairline and not have little kids scream daddy at me.
Bonang and DJ Cleo
In my line of work, I hardly attend events to party, I’m always working. Upon entering I was given 10 drinks vouchers and was ushered into the VIP area, royal treatment indeed. That’s when it hit me that the sooner I finished working, the sooner I could party as the mood and settings gave that impression that it was going to be one hell of a night. The Y team brought it, not only did they bring out top music acts out of SA, they had a killer introduction with Tholi B and the Twins, my favourite being Bonang’s rendition of “My Name Is” along with dancers from Vintage as well as Somizi’s dancers. I was completely blown away and I’m not referring to the sword situation here but the choreography was on point.
J-Something and Toya Delazy
J something opened up the performances, followed by Toya Delazy who didn’t have the best of performances but received a lot of love. The Muffinz failed to ignite the crowd but mainly because it was a different crowd I suppose, personally I love their music. Then there was a lady who’s featured by a lot of house DJ’s and judging by the number of hits she sang… Pity performing house tracks requires a lot of stage presence as you need to interact with the crowd via singing and dancing and that sort of thing, similar to how Zakes Bantwini does. I didn’t see much of Teargas and Cash Time, only heard them as I had to get a drink at the bar (it took that long). DJ Cleo close down the party with his teddy bears, yes all four of them! It was nice to see Y presenters and all the acts join DJ Cleo on stage for the last track although the party didn’t end there, DJ’s were back on the decks giving us hot tunes till the wee hours of the morning. I left soon after I discovered that the bar was closed *slurs* but I left a satisfied man. This was a dope party! True YFM style of yesteryear.
Co-host of “The Tap Mansion” Mantsoe Pout
DJ Warras and Tumi Voster
Soul Jock (left) and friend