Norway, Africa join in song
Cape Town’s in for a right royal treat of world music
knighthood in the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav and has performed worldwide, not least as part of the celebrated Womad festivals, with releases on the equally lauded Real World record label.
Mari’s new album, Sterna Paradisea (released earlier this year), includes collaborations with a number of South African artists.
“I have wanted African influences on my CD for a long time. We always record in Oslo in the cold, and I said to the band, ‘I want to go somewhere warm’.”
Her trumpeter and management assistant, Ole Jørn Myklebust, looked to the southern tip, and quickly recommended Madosini and the choir.
“I heard Madosini’s voice and straightaway I said yes.
“It was great to work with Madosini. When she came into the studio and sang Conversations With God we all cried. It was the connection, and also her way of singing – it touches you very deeply. It is related to my way of singing, and it was like meeting an older sister.”
What can Mother City audiences expect from this rare cross-continental treat? “Music that has a lot of longing for freedom, and an awareness of the pain it is to be oppressed, but also a lot of joy.
“It is music that goes straight to the heart; music that is very much linked to nature and the ancestors.”
There will be a single public gig on Wednesday as part of the state visit by Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja at Assembly, 61 Harrington Street, District Six, 021 465 7286, 8.30pm, R40, WebTickets.co.za.
The Good Weekend, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Mmino have five double tickets to give away.
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