Nor­way, Africa join in song

Cape Town’s in for a right royal treat of world mu­sic

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMUSIC -

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, WebTick­

The Good Week­end, the Royal Nor­we­gian Em­bassy and Mmino have five dou­ble tick­ets to give away.

To en­ter email your name and con­tact de­tails to jeni­ with the sub­ject line “Mari Boine/Week­end Ar­gus” in the sub­ject line.

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