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It seems Miss Ntertainment needed a few days to come down from all the excitement and mad rush of the past few days – tee hee!

The A-list-celeb-filled opening of Sol Kerzner’s One & Only hotel…the CT International Jazz Festival…not to mention spending some time on the set of The Bang Bang Club film in Jozi just before jetting off to the Mother City.

The One&Only…

Ever since Sol Kerzner opened his lavish Atlantis resort in Dubai, this was the next big party on the hotel tycoon’s calendar. So after an early morning flight, I arrived in my second home, Cape Town. But it felt a little different…for one thing, being whisked off in a car to the hotel with my Chanels perched comfortably on my face made me feel like one of the A-list stars I was expecting to see at the bash later.

Of course my aspirations of stardom quickly disappeared upon arrival, as I tried to make sense of all the buzz so that I could put together some news reports for the afternoon bulletins. I found a great angle when I heard Madiba was arriving. He is of course, the A-list of A-listers ;-)

When he got out the car and greeted Sol, he said:

“I am looking for a job and heard you could help.”

Ever as charming!

By now you’ll have known what went down but I still wanted to catch up on what happened after the soundbites and photoshots.

As the night started to really get swinging, all the artists and A-listers moved to the venue down the stairs and towards the back of the hotel. There, the space became an intimate jazz club. I remember everything that happened that night through the tweets I posted:

big party now-top musos jamming. Mariah Carey up next?
7:40 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

sharon stone is videoing jonathan butler singing
7:45 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

where did the cute eastwood son go?
7:46 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

felicia mabuza suttle singing along to no woman no cry
7:49 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

jonathan butler brought the house down!
7:54 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

morgan freeman is in the house!
7:54 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

robert de niro sipping saki
7:55 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

patti austin is breaking it down
7:59 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

matt damon gives dave kroz a standing ovation
8:02 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

found Cute Eastwood and lost him again
8:03 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

jam session!
8:28 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

hugh masekela just dedicated a song to the late Miriam Makeba
8:31 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

marisa tomei is grooving to hugh’s grazing
8:35 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

ah matt damon dancing with his wife-so cute
8:52 PM Apr 2nd from mobile web

I tried to take a video…it’s dark but you can hear Sharon Stone and Marisa Tomei responding to Bebe Winans’ call of “Are you ready? Will upload asap!

So in response to Trinny in Dubai’s request, I thought I’d relive some great (or not so) interview moments. This one has to do with my ultimate of ultimates – well, for now, that is. It’s when I was in London last year to attend the Sex and the City movie premiere and interview the cast of the hit series. It was like I had died and gone to Series Heaven.

I spent a fortune on my credit card to make sure I looked good in front of Patricia Field, the costume designer, as well as – of course – the fab four. I also got to speak to director Michael Patrick King; he was my first of the day ;-)

So, you get literally 5 minutes to interview each person. Chatting to him was great – he’s a nice enough guy who tried to put on his best South African accent. It was endearing. Next up was Sarah Jessica – the woman I had been dying to meet. I had vowed I would be professional (as I am) and charming (as I am).

I had just interviewed MPK, and walked into the room where SJP was. I said hi, she said hi; I sat down, she wriggled in her chair. I switched on my equipment…and nothing. It would not go on. I wish I could say I froze, that would have been better, but no, it – that unreliable thing of technology – froze and it was not budging. I felt a slight panic enter my speech.

“I am terribly sorry about this, but my equipment seems to be acting up”, I said, with a great big frown on my face.
“Oh that’s okay, take your time,” she said, as her publicist glared down at me.
I was horrified.
“No, it’s not okay” I replied.
“Look,” she answered back, “there are worse things in the world. Have you watched the News lately?”
I felt terrible, not only was my equipment stuck, but she was being nice about it.
“You can go and fix it and then come back.”
“Okay,” I said sheepishly as I picked myself and my can’t-really-afford-it dress up and walked away.

Turns out the batteries just needed to be taken out and put back in again. That, for some reason, appeased my IPE (Irritating Piece of Equipment). When I went back in, it was like we went way back. And not because I had been stalking her in her apartment or favourite coffee shop or anything like that…why, never!

“Hi again,” she smiled, twirling her hair.
“Sigh,” I thought to myself. “Carrie Bradshaw really is my friend”.


Of course, once it was over, my “friend” went back to her Hollywood life and I went back to Benoni.

    The Duchess of York let me down. Sarah Ferguson, aka Fergie, aka the One who has the Toe-Sucking Fetish. Was due to interview Fergie ’cause she’s teamed up with Martin Scorsese (yeah, you read right) as co-producers on a film about Queen Victoria, that stars The Devil Wears Prada’s Emily Blunt. The interview was scheduled two days before, also got a call two hours before to say all was on track. But 6:15pm came and went. And so, it seems, did Fergie. Who does she think she is – Royalty? Haha ;)

    But it did make me think about some of the other telephonic interviews I’ve done that have been memorable…

    Julio Iglesias

    Me: “…so Julio, you’re still going strong after all these years, and now, you have a new baby, how do you manage it all..”
    Julio (in his suave Spanish accent): “You think I am old, hey Nadia? I am not old. I swim 5 kilometres everyday in the Ocean. Naked.”
    Me, blushing through the phone: “Um. I am sure you do…”

    Sir Ben Kingsley

    Scene-setter: While waiting for Sir Ben Kingsley to call my landline, my cellphone rings.
    Me: (finishing a conversation with someone else, so half talking into the phone)”…yeah, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did wish you were drowning in a pool of your own blood. Hello?”
    SBK (in a fine British accent): “Hi, is this Naadia?”
    Me: “Yes. Ohhh, is this Sir Ben Kingsley?”
    SBK: “Yes, it is.”
    Me: “Um, Sir Ben…Mr Kingsley, I mean Sir Kingsley, mister…”
    SBK: “You can call me Ben.”
    Me: “Oh, really? Okay, then. Um, I need to record the interview so please can I ask you to call me back on the landline, Sir Ben. I mean Ben.”

    The Cop from the Village People (then again, could have been the Policeman, he wasn’t that distinguishable.)

    Me: “So you’re celebrating 30 years as as group and are bringing the celebrations to South Africa – what are you most looking forward to?”
    Him: “Yes.”

    Okay then.

    Hmmm, wonder how memorable Fergie on the phone would have been?


      It was a goose-bump inducing moment of pride. And it made up for waking up at 2am to cover the Oscars for work. Seeing Soweto Gospel Choir up there on the Oscar stage. Sure, it was only for a few minutes, but the fact that Hugh Jackman gave a shout out to “Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa” made it a memorable one.

      Some other memorable moments that made this year’s ceremony entertaining for me included:

      * Kate Winslet’s speech: say what you will, the woman has had to sit through this ceremony five times before, and five times before has lost out on Oscar glory. I would also have been a blubbering dramatic if it had been me up on that stage (oh, how I wish!).
      I’d be lying if I haven’t made a version of this speech before. I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this would have been a shampoo bottle. Well it’s not a shampoo bottle now. ” Kate Winslet, Best Actress.

      * Sean Penn’s win: if anyone had to take it away from Mickey Rourke, it could only have been Penn. Haven’t seen Milk yet, but Rourke is brilliant in The Wrestler, so Penn must be double-so. Also appreciated his politically stirring speech, calling for equal rights.
      ” You commie, homo-loving sons of guns! I did not expect this and I want it to be very clear that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me often. “
      – Sean Penn, Best Actor.

      * Danny Boyle channeling Tigger: as a Winnie the Pooh fan, I appreciated Boyle’s vigour and passion. Also love the fact that I can now add “interviewed an Oscar-winning director to my CV!”.
      ” My kids are too old to remember this now but, when they were much younger, I swore to them if this miracle ever happened, I would receive it in the spirit of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, and that’s what that was. ” Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, Best Director.

      I interviewed Danny Boyle for Eyewitness News and wrote a piece for The Weekender.

      * The music medley: Hugh Jackman and Beyonce as Grease’s Danny and Sandy – classic!

        Woke up early, 2am-early, to go to work and get the latest on the Grammys. As I was getting dressed, had E!News Red Carpet on, and heard that Chris Brown had apparently been taken in for questioning, and that neither he nor girlfriend Rihanna would be at the ceremony. Word is he either got into a fight with someone else, or he got into a fight with Rihanna…Woaaah…Another Woaaah! moment was MIA almost ready to pop out her baby, performing alongside Jay Z, Kanye West and T.I. Really, she was literally ready to give birth, even telling Giuliana Rancic that she had someone on standby if she did go into labour. Then again, as a colleague said to me, if she had the chance to perform at the Grammys she wouldn’t let being pregnant interfere in that either. And she was performing with Jay Z et al!

        Otherwise, a bittersweet moment for the South African artists. Soweto Gospel Choir was up for Best Contemporary World Music Album, but lost out on that nod. It would have been their 3rd win in a row, following the last two year’s fantastic showing…but good on Ladysmith Black Mambazo – 3rd win, amid notching up 13 nods over the years!