True to its reputation, the glamorous Night of 100 Stars has garnered the support of South Africa’s foremost screen and stage personalities who pledge their talents in support of the Cancer Society of South Africa Durban’s branch. The Socialite was there to bring you coverage…Performance director Mark Hawkins and his talented production teams from Black Coffee and Darkhorse Productions have pulled no punches in lining up the cream of the local entertainment scene. Says Hawkins, “Night of 100 Stars typically sees artists volunteering their time and artistic talents to support this worthy initiative, without any payment and simply because they believe in the work that CANSA does.
Artists on the line-up for the evening included award-winning actor, musician and vocalist Tim Wells; actor Ben Voss and his hilarious BEE alter ago, Beauty Ramapelepele; singer and cabaret artist extraordinaire, Melanie Roberts and Durban dancers from Eeny Meeny Mino Mo Entertainment.
Comedian Joey Rasdien lead the bill for the night together with Durban bred MC Creamy Ewok Baggends, the Illuminating Shadows frontman, freestyle battle and Slam champion, Hip Hop activist and proudly South African rapper. Teamed with Joey’s wit and one-liners, the hip-hop poet blew the audience away with his usual quick-fire delivery and audio skills.
Durban’s favourite comedic couple Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert had the 100 Stars audience in stitches with Aaron’s stand-up routine and Lisa performed the iconic New York New York in a stunning ensemble.
The velvet-voiced Timothy Moloi was next up and offered his talents for the evening after he wowed crowds at the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. He performed a beautiful duet with Award winning Actress Gina Shmukler. Gina w will soon be seen in Johannesburg in the smash-hit, Mamma Mia.
Also seen lending their talents and support for the evening was East Coast Radio’s Ravi R as co-MC with Caroline Smart as well as performances by Pume Zondi; singer Lauren Laing; Black Magic vocalist Khaya Mthethwa, Janna Ramos-Violante and newcomer Kirsten Dey, who performed an excerpt from Hairspray. Gateway to Fame Junior winner, nine-year-old Andrew Sutton from Virginia Preparatory could very well be SA’s answer to Justin Bieber. The rising star pledged his talents and with his smooth vocals and endearing stage presence will undoubtedly see him climb the charts in months to come…