NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2012
It is hot!! In both Cape Town and Maputo. Summer is here.
After the success of the MOREJAZZ SERIES 2 with Manu Dibango and his band, things have been a little quieter but no less interesting. As Patron of the Final Years’ (Finaliste) dance at Josina Machel High School, I spent a fair bit number of hours with the young people there and with their teachers. This is a BIG school but well organized and this is a huge event to organize. Nearly 1000 people attend this dance. Two days before the dance, I went with the young people to the Maputo Hospital Oncology wing to hand over food and gifts. What an stirring and humbling experience and big congratulations to the doctors and staff for what they are doing there.
Most of November was spent in the studio recording with the young people who had written music for the poems and prose submitted for the SENSASONS project. Some amazing music has come from this and I look forward to 2013 when we can hopefully release an album of this work.
In the third week, I travelled to Songo near Tete to oversee the production for the Oliver Mtukundzi show for Cahorra Bassa. It was an outstanding show and a phenomenal experience. Very special.
On 1 December – World Aid’s Day, I attended a wonderful function out near Matola to raise awareness for this awful disease. The children from Escola Nacionale de Musica performed as well.
I ended my year with a wonderful shoot for a top South African lifestyle programme on an exquisite beach about an hour outside of Cape Town. I was surrounded by beautiful women and good food on a completely empty beach with mountains that came down into the sea. Bond, Chonguica, Bond!!
As the year comes to an end, I need to thank all the sponsors, suppliers, musicians, friends and family for supporting me during 2013.
Thank you also to all those people who tried to make my life more difficult – you made me stronger and more determined than ever!!
“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living”
Desejo a todos os Fans, Amigos, Colaboradores e Parceiros Festas Felizes e Prospero 2013. Conduzam com Cuidado. Abraco.