Dear Mart, Steve and JP
As you know, you built up the pageant with me form humble beginnings to what it is now.
I am indebted to all of you.
I don’t think I could do this without you.
Thank you for coming every year.
I have received such good feedback!
I am still absolutely passionate about the Miss Namibia, with all your support.
Please don’t let me down. I am the first to retire!!!
Lots of love to you all.
August 01, 2011
By Diane Coetzer, Johannesburg
Before a small gathering of people at a studio in the depths of South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC, Paul Simon revisited the magic of his 1986 Grammy Award winning record, Graceland.
Dedicating the short concert to the late South African singer Miriam Makeba, Simon was joined on stage by most of the original players on Graceland, which sold over 14 million copies following its release
This included guitarist Ray Phiri (who was also an arranger on the original recording), New York-based bassist Bakithi Khumalo, and Vusi Khumalo and Isaac Mtshali, alternating on drums. Also present for signature songs “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Homeless” was Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with leader Joseph Shabalala – adding to the emotional impact of the short show.
Simon described the 11-song performance as something “between a rehearsal and a concert”. “It’s a great joy to be reunited after so many years,” Simon said. “When I landed in South Africa, it felt like I was coming home. It’s such a nice feeling.”
The performance was filmed as part of a documentary Simon is making on Graceland. Details of the film have not yet been released but according to sources it is in partnership with one of the cable networks.
Among the songs performed and recorded last night were ‘I Know What I Know”, “The Boy in the Bubble”, “Crazy Love”, “Diamonds on the Soles Of Her Feet” and “You Can Call Me Al”.
Contributing to last night’s show was veteran South African performer, Hugh Masekela who took center stage with a rendition of his songs, “Grazing In The Grass” and ‘Stimela”. Simon paid tribute to the trumpeter and songwriter, along with South African artist Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and producer Koloi Lebona for their role in putting together the Graceland project during the height of the repressive South African apartheid regime.
Originally released on Warner in 1986, a reissue of Graceland will come through Sony Legacy to mark its 25th anniversary. The label has not yet revealed details.
This year I had the privilege of sitting back and viewing the Elizabeth Galloway graduate collections from the front row (rare for me as I’m usually part of the technical team).
This afforded me the opportunity to have the full audience experience. And I must say I was absolutely blown away. It was a visual and aural feast!
Each piece of music truly enhanced the narrative of the story that was unfolding on the ramp, elevating each collection to an artistic statement where the whole was definitely more than the sum of the parts!
Elizabeth and I would like to thank you and Dave sincerely for undertaking to interpret the requirements of each of our young designers and advising on and selecting the right music for each collection.
We look forward to work with you and SMD Technical again in 2012!
Gideon Malherbe – Managing Director
Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design (Pty) Ltd