Connecting Artists and Voices Across Oceans

It has been such an honour to work with so many amazing artists and ideas on Singing My Mother's Song. 

In Cape Town, South Africa, Malika Ndlovu and Toni Stuart where commissioned to write in response to some of the themes explored in SMMS. 

In Jo-burg, dancers Yana Fay Dzedze and Nyaniso Dzedze choreographed dance pieces to accompany the poems and then my dear friend and boss filmmaker Jim Demuth arrived to capture it all. I have known Jim since I was seventeen, we explored Italy and Croatia together. Jumped in waterfalls, shot espresso and swam in the most transparent waters.

Last night I got into my good friend Pablo Villierezz's studio in Bristol. I have also been to Pablo's family home in Mexico City. Pablo recorded me reading two poems from Singing My Mother's Song, ready for Jim the filmmaker now working and living in China, to marry them with the footage of the dancers in South Africa. 

Yes to cross collaborative work

Yes to connecting artists and voices across oceans

Yes to learning from each other's world

Yes. To. Unity

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