Friday, July 14, 2006
Madosini & Patrick Duff
I am focusing on Madosini at the moment because we saw her again yesterday - arranging her visa's to travel to the 5th International Jew's Harp Fesstival in Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw Aan 't Ij on 28 July.
She's such an amazing mama, and even though we can't communicate through language, we understand eachother so well.
It made me think of her performances at the WOMAD festivals that she performed at with Patrick Duff, of Strangelove, (as I mentioned in my earlier post) and some recordings I had made of their rehearsals at Vuyo Katsha's house in Montana, Gug's in July 2003.
Patrick had been mesmerized by her performance the year before and had received a grant from the Performing Rights Society in the UK to create a cultural collaboration with Madosini.
And so he flew out for two weeks so they could get to know each other and play around with idea's before getting into serious rehearsals and performances in the UK and a recording in Singapore. This video is grainy and low quality, but I am searching for the tape!
Patrick and Vuyo accompany Madosini as she tells a Xhosa story.
I think the whole experience with Madosini inspired Patrick to get his head back on his shoulders, because soon after his experience of touring with her, he wrote and recorded his latest album Luxury Problems where his songs define a more collected Patrick Duff.
I have a full interview with him where many people will be amamzed at how calm and peaceful he was, sitting on the floor in the middle of a foreign township. He was in a place he really wanted to be in, with a very special new friend - Madosini Manqina.
With best wishes and love to you all, Annie McGann
(Patrick's friend and collaborator :-)