Compiled by Kayceman
BRIDGING THE GAP - PART II
Welcome to Part II of Bridging the Gap. Our traveling bards; Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident) and Chris Berry (Panjea) have sent back their second transmission from Africa. In addition to Kang and Berry's words, you will also find an article published in The Herald; a state run newspaper that is heavily slanted to a certain "anti-white" point of view. In light of this, things have not run as smooth as we had hoped. Read on for details.
All is well from our first week in Mozambique - so far it has been quite incredible! We arrived in Maputo and immediately immersed ourselves into the party swing with friends here. Our musical adventures started once we left for Inhambane and Praia Tofo with the express intention of finding the Timbila master, Vinancio in Zavara. Once we got to his house, we were able to convince him to assemble his 28-piece orchestra for a performance a couple of days later. So off we went to Inhambane in search of some Zhore groups to share their dance and drumming tradition with us. A couple days of surf, beach hanging, and writing music at night had us not wanting to go back to Maputo. However, we had to go back to see Vinancio's group as well as to make it to a party that our friends from the National Mozambique Dance Company were throwing with other local musicians and friends. Real quick, Vinancio's orchestra is a mind-blowing fusion of Timbila and dance. Sooooo, off to the party... It was one of the best parties I have been to in a while - food and amazing drumming and dancing by the dance company with Chris joining in on djembe. Now, we are headed back to Tofo to organize a show with us and our local friends performing together on the beach. We will be checking out more Zhore groups on the way and getting everyone to join us for a concert on the weekend. Should be fun! Good thing we are recording this all, cuz it's hard to explain what we are all seeing. Anyways we are off, more to come
Here are the ceremony details. Please make sure you make it clear this is not a festival or concert, but rather a ceremony of song and dance that is very sacred.
Event: 3 day Bira ceremony in Chiriseri
Where: Dindinyongwe, Domboshawa, Zimbabwe
When: March 9-12 2006
We are inviting all respectful people who want to be a part of a Bira that will offer prayers to end the suffering that has plagued Zimbabwe for so long. The ceremony will be held from March 9th to March 12th.
20 different traditional groups and spirit mediums will be invited for three days of ceremony, prayer, and music. The ceremony will take place on the sacred mountain of Dindinyongwe in the Domboshawa region about 1 1/2 hours drive from Harare. People attending from overseas will be asked to contribute a donation towards food, accommodation, and musician fees.
This is not a tourist event but a common prayer between people.
The Ceremony will be hosted by Sekuru Mandere and Chris Berry.
Arrangements can be made for persons who wish to come early or to stay on for further study and or accommodations.
If you cannot be present for the ceremony, we ask that you send prayers our way during the time of the ceremony.
Thanks, Chris Berry
Continue reading for the government intervention in the local newspaper...