Blessed, I have been trying to find the right time for this post. In the end I feel the right time has found me. These are indeed interesting times we live in, and as the world bids farewell to an a monumental icon, I would like to introduce you to another inspiration, Mandisa Mabuthoe.
The poetry of Mandela's story of his long walk to freedom, his story of perseverance, leadership, independence and iconic humanity. Mandisa's story, "To Get Free" seems like the next logical step. Hers is a story of radical creative responsibility, freedom of individuality and the importance of self-actualization, self-esteem and self determination. The echoe of her voice in the darkness calls out, "Live by it, and other Godselves will be inspired". I found this message to be especially powerful, the notion that by fulfilling yourself, you give permission and inspiration for others around you to do so, by freeing ourselves, we free all those who are around us. Mandisa's voice rang strong from the stage as she took her audience on an aural journey of self discovery.
"To Get Free" was a night of song and gorgeously chosen words, and Mandisa was joined by vocalists Sethunya and Tebbie as she shared her voice.
They were also joined by percussionist, Bobo, who kept the rhythms flowing on the african drum.
Mandisa, along with Tebbie and Sethunya shared an excerpt from a play, Marley Joseph, which Mandisa has been working on. We hope to see more from this project soon!
Mandisa also invited several friends to join her on stage during the course of the night, sharing songs and stories for the audience to enjoy.
Here we have poet, Quaint.
Mbira teacher and musician, Ticha Muzavazi did a beautiful collaboration of a classic local lullabye.
The Lion Paw Band, made up of guitarist, Squirrel; Bassist Reggie, and drummer King accompanied poet and vocalist Maya Roze along with Mandisa, Tebbie and Sethunya with a skanking, reggae ballad. They were also joined by Mr Darius Kanwi on the flute.
The event was hosted by the lovely Jazzelle Kebakile, who said something beautiful that has stayed with me since that night. It was along the lines of this: look what talented artists we grow in Botswana, and imagine how much their art and industry would grow if they could afford to dedicate all their time and efforts to their art. Debswana are not the only ones with diamonds in our country, our art shines bright and beautiful, and if we work hard and smart, it too will be an industry for which our country is known.
As we get ready to send off one of the world's greats, we should also remember the power that lives within us to free ourselves! Be ourselves! Speak for ourselves! Express ourselves! Love ourselves! The feeling I am left with is one of a radical self-oriented revolution into the light. We live in interesting times, there has been no greater time to be alive, what will you do with your time?
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Even in these times of instant, fifteen minute fame and fortune, all we look for is a real Leader.
Someone who says with certainty, "Follow me, I know our way".
Someone who says, "Fear not, we will fight together and I will take the fall".
Someone who stands their ground so the future will walk freely.
Someone who will give their face and name and story to our Movement.
We have lost a legend. We have lost a Leader.
This is to remind us of the immense power and beauty of the human spirit.
There is no such thing as 'just' a dream.
Where there is potential, there is power.
This is history.
Tata is finally getting some rest <3