A while ago I posted about this fantastic musical event being held in Bulawayo to celebrate the five large carnivores. The project has been two years in the making, involving 10 local schools and over 500 children, and the first performance of the song was just spectacular!
The event was officially opened by the Mayor of Bulawayo and the British and Australian Ambassadors to Zimbabwe also attended.
All agreed it was a perfect way to raise awareness of the animals, as well enhancing the music ability of the children, and the capacity of their music teachers.
Sadly, the project is almost over in Zimbabwe, with a final all encompassing afternoon event planned for the Intwasa Festival where the poetry and art submitted by children over the last 18months will be displayed and performed, a choral version of the music performed and visiting experts will give talks to the public about the five species.
But, fortunately, it wont end there! There is now a performance of the music planned for October in the UK, being organized by the Range Wide Programme for cheetah and wild dog conservation. We are hoping all this will help to raise the profile of these two unique species – something they very much need and deserve.
Full credit for all of this goes to Dr Netty Purchase, Southern African coordinator of the Range Wide Program, an incredibly energetic and resourceful person.
Have a look at this link on YouTube for a short video of the Song of the Carnivores…
Sorry I’ve been quiet for a while. I’ve been at a wild dog symposium in Namibia and only just back. On the way back I stayed the night in Bulawayo and had the great privilege to attend a rehearsal of a fantastic performance being put on at the Bulawayo Music Festival on Thursday. This is an initiative called Song of the Carnivores – and is the culmination of months of hard work by a fantastic team of people.
The Rangewide Program for cheetah and wild dog in southern Africa, the Bulawayo Academy of Music and the British Council have teamed up to help produce an amazing musical extravanganza. Involving 500 children from Bulawayo, the Song of the Carnivores is a half an hour piece of music, composed and organised by composer Richard Sisson and sung by local school kids, which captures the characters of all the five large carnivore species in Zimbabwe.
At the rehearsal I went to, seeing the song, with it’s beautiful lyrics, sung by hundreds of students actually brought tears to my eyes. The lyrics and composition are spectacular and the whole program has had incredible education benefits to all students involved.
So if anyone is in Bulawayo on Thursday, you absolutely must go and see this performance. And even if you aren’t in Bulawayo – make a plan to get there! It will be the highlight of your year! It’s at the Large City Hall in Bulawayo at 5:00pm on Thursday 24th and costs only $2. It’s a must-see and all part of the Zimbabwean carnivore conservation effort.
More on it after the event.