On February 25, 2011 at 8:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO PASIPAMIRE
A Vancouver musician.
Okavango: An African Orchestra is an ambitious new musical project that could happen only in one of the world’s great multicultural cities: Toronto. Batuki Music Society Artistic Director Nadine McNulty has assembled a cast of seven accomplished African-born musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal: Daniel Nebiat (Eritrean Krar), Pasipamire Gunguwo (Zimbabwean marimba/mbira), Donne Roberts (Malagasy guitarist), Nuudi Kooshin (Somali kaban), Waleed Abdulhamid (Sudanese bass/guembri), Sadio Sissokho (Senegalese kora) and Walter MacLean (Ghanaian percussion).
The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where many different animal species come together to feed and find water. Predators and prey are forced to coexist and share the meager resources because of the harsh environment around them. Similarly, Okavango: An African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures, and a new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms, and timbres. The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.
The concert program will feature 5 traditional songs from the various African musical cultures represented, plus the world premiere of Okavango: A Conversation with the Spirits: a suite of 5 new, CBC Radio-commissioned pieces by members of Okavango: An African Orchestra.
A Poem by Haider Rizvi
Time, what time?
I will see you soon
When the sky of your
Heart is filled with the
Beauty of full moon
On the laptop of your
Thought, but listen,
She said, oh wait,
What date? January
No, maybe December
‘Remember,’ she said,
‘One day! I don’t know.
2011. No, 3011. No, maybe
By that time you are drowned and dead
No? Whatever! What time is it?’
I got to go.
Where? I don’t know
I will email you
I promise. I will email my frozen
Heart and packaged thought to you
As soon as I am done with
The morning news about
Who was where in bed with whom last night
In the world of fame and game
Hey, where are you?
I don’t know
What did you say?
The night goes on
Forever without you
Where are you?
I don’t know!
Support BC writer V.B.-Taylor by voting for her story in Savvy Writers Competition “Legends”. The judging of the competition is based on artistic merit and popularity.
V.B.’s story explores the legend of ‘The Lone Eagle Of Poplar Island’, view and vote for it here: http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/showthread.php?10661
You will need to register to vote, and there is a benefit to it. By registering to vote you receive a FREE basic membership to Savvy Authors.
The polls are open and will remain open until January 14th midnight EST.
V.B.-Taylor is an accomplished writer, performer and a cultural activist. She coordinates the activities of New West Writers and Renaisance Books Writers Group in New Westminster, and participates in a few others. View her profile here:
You are invited to the launch of a historical novel by a renowned BC writer Ben Nuttal-Smith titled ‘Blood, Feathers & Holy Men’ that has just been released by Libros Libertad and is to be launched on:
Sunday, January 16th
2 to 3 pm
Newton Branch of the Surrey Public Library
13795 70th Avenue
This project has taken almost seven years (Since a trip to Oaxaca Mexico in January 2004) to reach fruition.
For more info:
Bookland Press, Toronto is producing a directory of writers and editors and allied people in the publishing industry and has invited submissions.
The participation is completely free and will serve to provide a form of advertisement to the participants. It is intended to be marketed countrywide and world wide to librarians etc.
Please visit the website for details on how to participate:
I request you to carry it on the website/send it out on your mailing list to enable your members to avail of this opportunity.
author: Curry is Thicker than Water,
editor: Indian Voices, vol. one
Canadian Voices, vol. one and two