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Beloveds, a few experiences and a blog post that i have loved in the past few weeks.

image by r.kimani

Experiencing other culture: I recently attended an event in Kajiado, which is mostly Maasai land, and enjoyed various aspects of it: Watching the interaction between the older and younger people was comforting – it left me with a sense that the younger generation is cared for and nurtured purposely. The dancing and the songs were fun and listening to the Maasai language and the pride that I sensed in most of the speakers was great. And of course, the beautiful beaded jewellery that is so completely synonymous with the Maasai was gorgeous to behold. One day, I might learn to adorn myself like that! And then, also, the wonderful company I had for the journey!

Good company; deep friendship: I recently reconnected with a long time friend and we’ve spent some time together since then and it’s really wonderful. Good company is great; Deep friendship is enriching, expanding, heart-growing!  Do nurture and treasure your friendships deeply – we are truly made for relationship.

This beautiful goodbye: Goodbyes are often associated with pain; with separation; with not so nice stuff, but this post from 1000 Awesome things, reminded me that there is a way to do goodbyes well and soulfully and completely. I want to learn to say goodbye, be it to people or things or experiences or even to life itself, with this grace, ease and gratitude. the post is titled: Looking Back, Smiling and Saying Thanks.

With that said, good bye! Have a loving, inspired weekend.

Love, love, m

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Over the weekend, I attended Mumbi Kaigwa’s performance of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads: Her Big Chance and Bed Among the Lentils at the Michael Joseph Centre. The poster for it said: “In a retrospective celebrating 40 years of performance” and that’s one of the main reasons that I went: 40 years of acting? That is very impressive and I wanted to be part of celebrating that. (She had her first public acting role at the age of 10). The performances were monologues (solo plays) and I remember saying to my sis, “I have absolutely no idea what to expect”. All I knew was that if Mumbi was doing it, it was going to be worth watching because she’s a stellar actor*. (“*Actor – because you wouldn’t call a female doctor a doctoress” she writes in the programme.  Love it!)

I enjoyed the performances and had many moments of chuckling, wanting to laugh out loud, smiling with the woman I sat next to who I met as we waited for the show to begin. Her with the long, smart, shiny dreads and the calm easy energy, drinking a Tusker light… Of the two monologues, I enjoyed the second more, probably because that character was deeper, more complex. She asked questions that few voice, like questioning if her husband the Vicar actually believes in God! Whoever asks questions like this? Isn’t it always assumed? I liked how it reveals where redemption can come from – in the woman’s case, from an extramarital relationship with a young Indian shopkeeper.

The first monologue was interesting mostly because it had Mumbi taking on this character who is so completely not-her – a rather silly, kinda naive-ish, frivolous woman who’s not very smart really – and watching that stage transformation of Mumbi made it intriguing. The common link between the women and the pieces were the themes of isolation and loneliness evident in both pieces.

At the end of the show, Mumbi returned to the stage (as herself of course) and welcomed the audience to ask questions.  I liked this very much and it opened up into an insightful conversation. I would definitely recommend this approach for all performance pieces and possibly even visual arts exhibitions that are interested in their audience reactions and responses. Some of the things I didn’t know that came out of the conversation were the fact that for several years, Mumbi had worked in a UN-agency in a job that had nothing to do with performance and acting! And eventually, she had to get out and follow her heart – something that she feels deeply about. And out of that was born one of her own works “Voice of the Dream”. When someone asked whether one is able to make a living as an actor, she explained that it does not allow for a luxurious lifestyle and underscored that by saying something along the lines of: “something tells me that we’re not here [in life] to make money”; there really must be more to life than the amount of money we make. Agreed!

Mumbi says that she is now focusing entirely on acting, whereus in the recent past she has been doing more and more training, directing, producing, administration for her organisation The Arts Canvas etc. I do hope she does even more of what she acknowledges in the programme as her first love writing: “So after a “life” in theatre, the jury’s in: the theatre is my first love”. I am already looking forward to her next performance.

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chipolopoloit was a fantastic game and the outcome was the stuff of perfection!

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it was a “David and Goliath” scenario and i am so glad that “David” won.

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i heard on the BBC this morning that many Zambians are walking to the airport to meet the Chipolopolo boys as they return home with the cup today. that visual is stunning.

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my friend rightly said of the win “ gosh, such RESTORATION”. Yes, it really does feel like the stuff of healing, of renewing, of restoration after the loss of 1993, and that thought is amazing.

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have a Chipolopolo-like week beloveds!

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love, love, m

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p.s: and speaking of that match, those were some of the most tense minutes i have had in this new year! gosh! do football fans have to undergo such tension everytime their teams are playing? intense!

chipolopolo

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This year begun with all sorts of wonderful changes – including that i decided to change my hairstyle and thats when i discovered that contrary to what India Arie sings, I am definitely my hair! The day after my new haircut and move from natural hair, i called my friend K in all sorts of identity crisis – “gosh, i don’t even know exactly how i feel…”. At some point, she laughs and tells me that I’ve lost her coz  it’s really not that deep!  Another friend on twitter jokingly calls me a “traitor” and i actually feel like she has a point coz i moved from natural hair. Simply folks, i am so my hair.  Well, kinda… sorta… maybe. But yes, for now, i am enjoying the new look ;- )* Change is good, even on hair.

Moved from this look:

To kinda this look:

Hey beauties, what’s your relationship to your hair? Would love to hear.

Have a beautiful, authentic weekend.

Love, love, m

p.s: and just incase you think guys are not their hair, read about Samson in the bible – he was totally his hair! ;- )*

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stumbled on this pic that me thinks captures the current summery, holiday-y mood in the air… enjoy. love, love, m

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