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Unchained Melody

It’s been a while since I attended a Cape Cultural Collective event, tonight just reminded me once again how much amazing talent we have in our city. We were freed from mental slavery, emancipated from the blockages that enslave us on a daily basis….the music, dance and poetry flowed through my body bringing with it a mixed bag of emotions.

As I listened to the poems hearing phrases like “I Am Light”, “You the stuff legends are made of” and “Nothing to lose”, I closed my eyes and just took it all in floating away in the poetic flow, nodding in affirmation of the breaking of chains inside my mind.

The first half of the show Odwa Bongo and Diana Ferrus shared their interpretation of freeing ourselves through poetry…

..Elton Goslett, Thami Baba and The Rosa Choir took us on a musical journey….rhythm and blues, jazzy notes and groovy dance moves took us into a short intermission.

What a way to enter the festive season….the Rosa Choir never disappoints, this was their last gig for the year and it was on point as always.

After the break came the talented Vusu Dalisto I loved the way he interpreted the theme adding in the 16 Days of Activism against Woman and Child Abuse….we need to listen to the children when they speak and protect each other.

The headliners for the night were the dynamic duo of Didi and Jules, saying that they are amazing is an understatement. Words cannot describe the talent that these two possess as a duo they match each other perfectly, you can just close your eyes and be transported into another universe of positivity.

Catch Didi and Jules at the Baxter Theatre on 12-13 December you will not be disappointed.

Once again thank you to the organisers and artists for this great event wishing you all well over the festive season and will surely see you all in the new year……this was a cool Black Friday I did not even have to fight anyone to experience joy……

Keep on spreading those Positive Vibrations.

Boogie Woogie

Is ampe 2020 en ons Boogie nog altyd nah die music vannie 70’s en 80’s…..jaasis I am mos happy I was born when music was still leka ek mien ma jy hoor net daai eerste noot dan wil jy soma jou lyf ‘n leka tyd gee.

Best Of The Boogie, celebrating 10 years of sold out shows at The Atscape is mos a gevaarlike way to shake into the festive season….yoh my first time at the show this afternoon and it felt like a Kinky Afro parrrty, die anties gooi soma hulle tanne innie lug toe hulle daai ouens in hulle kort broekies sien.

From Sir Elton John, James Brown, Tina “Head” Turner and the Eccentric Queen accompanied by our very own ever popular Rosa Choir……to name but a few of the amazing covers, oh ya Uncle Bob Marley was oek daar…en Abba…..and ofcourse a leka South African mix of Brenda Fassie.

The king of POPular also made an appearance.

This show is high energy, lights and costumes, laughing till you cry, get up and dance till ur hips hurt……it is sugar and spice and all things nice, it is AWESOME!!

It is cool that the shows are sold out with the support of charity organisations, religious institutions and various other groups, the Maitland Moravians het mos vanmiddag gedance ek dink ons gaan nog weke van die dag praat, miskien ‘n bietjie Gwarra Gwarra byrie next Bazaar…..een ding dit was ‘n leka show.

Thank you to all who brought this show to life julle is almal…..

PRECIOUS LITTLE DIAMONDS….(my fave song).

Back to our Roots

“Traditions are our roots and a profile of who we are as individuals and who we are as a family. They are our roots, which give us stability and a sense of belonging – they ground us.” Lidia Bastianich

The end of September which was also Heritage Month in South Africa we celebrated how diverse our country is with it’s rich history and culture.

The last weekend of September the community of Elim celebrated with the bi-annual Erfenis Fees, a festival that brings the Moravian community from far and wide back to their roots. This year was interesting to me as I heard that their were members of the Khoe-Sān tribe going to walk from The Castle Of Goodhope in Cape Town all the way to Elim, a journey of over 200km this was definitely the embodying the the saying “Taking it back to our Roots”.


Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility. -Gary Snyder

Elim for many Moravians is a place of solice and peace, the smell of fresh air in the morning, looking out your door and greeting the person that walks past your house with a smile, a big hello or a wave is what makes this place special.

“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley

There are many traditions that are religiously upheld in the community, yes things have changed over the years but the core values have and will always prevail….love for your neighbour, keeping God and the Church at the centre of it all will remain the drawcard that brings us all back.

“Those who walk with God, always reach their destination.” ― Henry Ford

It was a festive atmosphere with various acts, from the community and local well-known artists entertaining the crowd, we all enjoyed ourselves and look forward to these festivals each year.

“Don’t worry God has gone before you and prepared the way. Just keep walking.” – Unknown

Flying High

Round 1 of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is complete we saw all the teams compete….it went according to prediction until Uruguay provided the upset against Fiji.

Wales started their campaign off with an impressive win over Georgia winning 43-14.

“We showed the typical Georgian fighting spirit that we’re known for”. The Georgian head coach Milton Haig takes positives away from a strong second half performance from his side against Wales.

Next up was Samoa vs Russia, I am sure The Rock will be proud of his Samoan brothers as they melted the icy Russian defence in an intensely physical battle which featured three yellow cards.

A 25 point victory of Russia meant that the Siva Tau must’ve striked fear into the Russian Team. Final score 09-34.

The Uruguayan camp must be on a high after an incredible win over Fiji, this being their third ever win at a Rugby World Cup.

Only 3% of the Superbru Fans predicted this result, it is fair to say this was the first upset victory. Final score 30-27 to Uruguay.

Can they keep up the momentum and continue to…

Fly High!!

Come & Let Us Praise The Lord

Another beautiful evening of song and praise presented by the Moravian Choir Union Of South Africa in the form of the combined music festival at the Cape Town City Hall.

LOVE, PEACE and HARMONY this was the theme and vision of this years festival, without LOVE there cannot be PEACE, only then can we live in HARMONY. With each musical piece we were massaged by the voices of angels taking us into a peaceful trance which is much needed in the this moment.

I enjoyed the afternoon, you could feel the hard work and dedication paying off through the smiles on the choir members faces as they completed a piece. The accompanying Organ Solo, Violin Solo, Piano Solo and Trumpet Solo’s were also a welcome add displaying the vast array of talent we have within our Moravian Community.

I love how these festivals bring out the best in our people.The highlight for me was the performance of Praise the Lord, Alla Afrika and Harmony arranged and composed by our very own Br. A. R. Lawack and H.O.C Smith.

The words of “Harmony”:” Grant us love and peace in this land, O Lord. Let us live in HARMONY and thus fullfill God’s will.”…these words had a powerful message especially for our country at the moment, in my trancelike state I meditated on these words and asked The Lord to protect our people and country.

When they sang the afrikaans version of God and God alone it transported me back to Indonesia when I joined the choir (by default as I was a volunteer and tried to experience as much as I can), singing the english version….this brought a smile to my face and love in my heart a happy memory indeed.

Did I mention that one of the angels that sang today is my Mom…..sy het mos die stem van ‘n Engel.

“Come and Praise The Lord! Let us Praise the Mighty Lord!

Physicality

Day 3 of the Rugby World Cup saw another epic three-match spectacle.

It was Italy vs Namibia to kick-off the day, Sergio Parisse would be become the third player to play in five Rugby World Cups joining Samoa’s Brian Lima and former teammate Mauro Bergamasco, Complete Legends!

The game ended in a 10 try thriller, Italy running rampant as I expected they were flying high…the final score 47-22.

Next up was Ireland vs Scotland, the Irish starting their campaign off with an impressive win over their Northern hemisphere counterparts, final score 27- 03.

Could this year be the year that the luck of the Irish gives them the edge over the other teams.

The last game of the day was England vs Tonga.

“We need to get back to our direct physical game. If we can get that tonight, we’re in with a shot”

Tonga’s Toutai Kefu was looking for his side to bring a physical game to England in Sapporo.

After a fierce and passionate Sipi Tau, it looked like they were ready for battle but the English were equally ready and held them to a 15 point lead at half-time.

After 80 minutes it looked like it was England who killed off the game with a 32 point victory, 4 tries and a bonus point win is a good way to start off the campaign in Japan.

What a weekend of rubgy and there is still alot more to come, have you chosen your favourite yet??

Mount Fiji

The ice has been broken, Japan have shown that they mean business by beating Russia in the opening game…lets hope they can keep that momentum going.

Next up was the Aussies taking on Fiji……the mountainous men of the Fijian Island were ready to bring the physicality and pummel Australia.

They were doing good in the first half where they led going into the second half 2 points up….(14 Fiji – 12 Australia Half-Time)

The game was still in the balance and The Aussies tipped the scales in the second half to record their biggest comeback in Rugby World Cup history, overcoming a 9 point deficit to beat Fiji 39 – 21.

Next up was Los Pumas (Argentina) taking on the Les Bleus (France)…it looked like the French popped the champagne cork early as they went into the second half with a convincing 17 point lead (20 France – 03 Argentina).

The Pumas never say die attitude made this a scintillating game of rugby as the comeback was on and they almost won in the end but the French could breath easy as the final whistle was blown with a 2 point win. (FT: 23-21)

The last game of the morning (yip in South Africa we started the braai early…dis net braaivleis en biere as die Bokke speel moet ons keel nat wees), it was the game we were all waiting for The All Blacks vs The Bokke.

New Zealand showed intent after an intimidating haka laying down the challenge to South Africa infront of 70 000 fans, they dominated the first half creating gaps and quick offloads, the Bokke offence were struggling to break the line and convert the points.

A better second half performance from The Bokke made our hearts pump that green and gold blood abit faster but in the end New Zealand took the win). (Final score: NZL 23 RSA 13)

We have seen The World Champs play, are they ready to defend the title??