Sunday, 20 July 2014

Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble in Trafalgar Square

On the way to the airport, the young musicians from Soweto stop in Trafalgar Square to play a set for Mandela's birthday, replacing the trashy human statues and beat-box buskers who are such an affront to the National Gallery.

They play, sing, dance and drum for Madiba, watched by groupies who've followed them on this week-long tour from a private drawing room to the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Other people stop, enthralled. They haven't got a clue what's going on. They probably think they are seeing some precocious students from Lewisham, not dedicated musicians from Soweto who need a bigger audience and a leap in sponsorship if the life-changing vision is not to end in rubble.

After the performance I give an interview in French to a reporter called Geneviève from BBC Afrique. I probably end up on the cutting-room-floor, who knows.

Buskaid is Rosemary Nalden's raison d'être. Redefine Properties and the National Arts Council of South Africa backed the tour.

More pictures if you scroll down.

PS there are eight pillars in front of the National Gallery, not seven. I offer a choice.

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