Adventure, Art, Entertainment, Music

Dream Chaser

 

 

Mr Mo is always full of life and laughs, always brightens up the room and your world, and leaves you feeling bigger and better and somehow fuller, that’s the magic of this guy, and that’s why I call him an artist. The music and the melody, that flows naturally from his soul… he was born to shine, a legend… an urban legend.

Happy-sad goodbyes, and some parting words and inspiration that we wanted to share with everyone… heres to the dreamers and the dream chasers.

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Art, Healing, Music, trauma, Travel

Music Therapy

 

The best thing about staying at a backpacker, especially one as remote and rustic as Bulungula, is the interesting, amazing, cool people you meet, getting to know them, and their stories, and having long meaningful chats about whatever. Vita and Francesco were on an adventure of their own around the entire south coast of Africa, part of it on bicycle. We really connected with them and took our meals together and talked endlessly, and just before they left I asked Vita to tell us abit more about what she does back home: What is Music Therapy and how can it help with healing Trauma?

 

 

Music was what kept me almost sane, growing up. I loved all kinds of music, but I would say that Rock, Raggae, and Trance always found a way to lift my spirits, and guide me. For the longest time music really was my religion. And then learning to play the guitar wasn’t easy for me, but I stuck with it, and eventually it became a way for me to express myself, to be creative and artistic which was what my soul yearns for, and to find away to transmute my wounds and the tight anxieties into beautiful words and sounds… the songs of my heart came pouring out.

We got Jasmine a little ukelele that fits her perfectly and I try to encourage her to play, but not push her but just let her take it at her own pace. She loves to sing and make up her own songs, no encouragement needed on that score (at times we have to ask her to calm down) but sometimes she comes up with these spontaneous truly inspired pieces, and towards the end of the video is one of those: “take a little time to heal” she says.

Abuse, Healing, Inspiring, photography, Spirituality

Look Inside

 

 

Somewhere along the way, on our escapade up to the top of the Hogsback mountains, we got a nail in our tire and so we had to get down to East London to repair the flat tire, and get the car serviced. We stayed at Areena Backpacker and ventured into East London to do our dirty work, and to pick up some art supplies. While driving around looking for the art shop we came across Marlene Neumann’s fine arts photography gallery and since we were really getting into photography and videography, we decided to check it out, and we were pleasantly blown away to find such a rare gem, and treasure chest of wisdom about all things artistic, photographic and spiritual.

Marlene has a unique way of expressing her art and self through her lens and dark room. She captures the way something makes her feel, and then she takes it into the dark room where the artistic process continues to bring out the nuances, and numinous, that was not obvious in the mere capturing of light frequencies. It’s all heart with Marlene Neumann, and she kindly allowed us into her space, and world, and this has really deeply inspired and influenced our approach to our own artistic expression, and healing process. Marlene’s advice to us is to “Look Inside!” She says that “within you, you will find all the answers that you need.”

Adventure, Art, Healing, Travel

Hogsback

Leaving Joburg was exciting. Varkha was quite anxious because she had never done anything quite like this before. I had been on these kind of adventures but this was also new territory for me. Selling up all our stuff and hitting the road, with no plan, just a first destination, Hogsback. I called around a few places, and someone kindly offered to put in a note in the local notice board, and a day later I got a call from someone with a nice little cottage for rent, at R3000 for the month, which is a bargain, and so that was the plan, and we would see from there. It was really an adventure, going into the unknown, trusting in Life, to guide us.

 

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We packed everything we had left in the back of our Jeep and filled all the empty spaces with blank canvases and paint and art supplies, and hit the road. After a thirteen hour drive from Johannesburg heading due South, we went offroad into the Amathole Mountains just as a stunning sunset were painting them in flaming orange. We bounced over mountain roads, and finally arrived in Hogsback, just as it was getting dark, with a little bit of petrol left in the tank (I was anxious about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere but we made it). It didn’t take too long to find our cottage, just next to “Middle Earth”. It did take some time to locate the caretaker to open up. It was cold and so he made us a log fire but this only filled the whole cottage with an acrid smoke that would have delighted Sauron himself. Apparently the chimney had been recently painted and so it needed a good fire to burn away the paint. Not the best start to our little adventure!

 

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But we slept and in the morning we awoke to gentle sunlight glimmering everywhere an enchanted forest and its soft mosses, and artistic weaving life, and sweet sounds of birds and children chirping, and Jasmine met her friends, Liyema, Asavela, Zimi, and Yonga, and they were inseparable after that for the next month.

 

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children, Healing, Live Music

Songs of a Soul

 

 

Recently i have been going around with my video camera interviewing inspiring people, people who really are doing interesting, amazing things, but more especially who have that twinkle in the eye and the warm natural smile, people who are sources of inspiration to others and so… i have been following Zain Bhikha’s travels around South Africa and reading the comments and I felt it would be nice to have a chat and share with more people. Someone who goes around spreading good vibrations and positive ideas to the youth is doing the most important work!

I have always loved uplifting music and have enjoyed Zain’s heartfelt beautiful sincere songs, i think it was the song “Our World” (the whole album actually) that  really captured my heart and imagination. I cried the first time i listened to that song, and several times after that… it comes from a very deep place.

 

“Every morning on every news flash,
I hear the sorrow of the world
It seems like everybody’s lost and scared
trying to make sense of it all
And as I travel to and from,
so many faces pass me by
I see lonely hearts living lonely lives
just biding their time,

And while we call ourselves civilised,
many people living empty lives,
As they drone their way through day and night”

 

For someone like me struggling to find my way in faith and music, his was a harmonizing voice in the world’s of faith and music. The music speaks for itself but there is value in hearing from the artist and getting to know them a little better and so I requested an interview and Zain and his team were very kind and accommodating to squeeze me in to a very tight schedule. It was very cool to attend his last show in Johannesburg before heading off to the UK leg of the tour.

The new CD and DVD are amazing, we are really loving it. My two and a half year old daughter, Jasmine’s favourite is “Mum is amazing” we listen to it over and over and watch the music video over and over… she is even learning the words. My wife, Varkha’s favourite is “Someday” (Salaam’un salaam). My fav is still Our World but there is a part in “Mount Hira” that for me is one of those magical moments in world musical history, where he sings:

 

“…And in the sky, was angel Jibra’il
He said O Muhammad, O Rasulu’llah…”

 

My heart skips a beat every time. The songs are having a positive effect on our lives and making us think about our role as parents, and basically just being inspired to be more patient, more positive and happier.

So thank you, Zain,

We wish you all the beautiful things of this world and the hereafter!

Salaam