Wits Choir 50th birthday celebration

It has been ages since I have been out till 2am on a week night and I will probably feel the effects for the next few days but what a fun night. I went with a friend to see the Wits Choir 50th birthday celebration at the Wits Great Hall. The Wits Choir, although linked to Wits University, is not exclusively for students and welcomes all people from all ages. I have a friend who has been a member for a long time so over the years I have come to know a lot of them personally so the night was one of great song and reunion.

 

As part of the 50th birthday concert the Wits Choir invited all alumni going back to 1962. Each era presented their memories of the choir at that time. It was interesting to see the transformation in music and choristers through the years.  They also had a guest choir performing, the Samro Choir, under the direction of Emeritus Professor Mzilikhazi  Khumalo. He is 80 years old but still going strong and a legend in the field of arranging, conducting and composing having composed the first African opera.

 

The Wits Choir performed a medley of songs from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s and surprised the audience by performing traditional pop songs such as Someone like you by Adele and Viva la Vida by Coldplay before breaking into their traditional songs singing in the many languages of South Africa and dancing to its rhythms. Like they say, music transcends all boundaries and brings people from different backgrounds together and even if you don’t understand the words, you can feel the spirit of the music and be moved by it.

After the concert there were drinks and snacks before the choir and friends set off to the choir house for a party. I enjoyed the evening tremendously!

A Circle of Friends – The Līgo Circle of Appreciation


“The yearly Līgo celebration happens every summer solstice in Latvia.
At this time we adorn our heads with Līgos of flowers, oak leaves,
grasses and plants. We join circles around bonfires and celebrate life,
and our appreciation of each other.”*

This is an interesting group – I have been invited by The Retiring Sort to participate in the Līgo Circle of Appreciation among fellow bloggers. Here are the rules for joining the circle:

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is an Appreciation, NOT an Award.

To fully participate in the Līgo Circle of Appreciation:

  • Complete this sentence about blogging: ”A great blog is…” one that is engaging, interesting, fun or teaching you something – a bonus if it does all.
  • Refer back to the blogger who invited you
  • Invite 2 bloggers to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation on a post – this can be done daily between October 1 and October 22, 2012. My invitations today are going to:
  1. http://sharechair.wordpress.com/ – Sharechair is all about sharing information especially about iPhones, iPads and Kindle. She even shared some cool tips on a recent holiday to the States. I am always excited to learn new things or read about cool stuff especially around technology and this is for the layman so no mumbo jumbo.
  2. http://wheresmybackpack.com/– I enjoy Ailsa’s travels and love that I am able to join the ride through her blog posts and fab photos.

Thank you TRS for inviting me to this circle!

*Read more here: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/ligo-circle-of-appreciation/

Felix’s supersonic freefall from the edge of space

Felix’s record breaking space jump where he reached speeds of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph). WOW!!

I imagine this will be the extreme sport of the future but I don’t think this will be on my bucket list, no thank you.

Is flawsome the new awesome?

I am attending the Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) conference in Sandton and while I won’t bore you with trends and buzz words such as flawsome (yes, this is a word) I would like to share two very interesting case studies – the one was just so original and the other one inspirational.

 

The Curators of Sweden

Sweden at the end of 2011 embarked on a campaign where they handed over the official government Twitter account to the general public of Sweden where one Swedish person per week becomes the curator of the account and tweets about whatever they feel like without limitation or censorship. The aim is to show variety and open-mindedness through the views of its citizens. They currently have more than 65 000 followers in more than 120 countries. This is such a phenomenal concept especially since they don’t sensor the content – talk about free speech.

 

Pennies for Life

This is a campaign by MicroLoan that aims to help the poor women of Africa become self-efficient by providing them with start-up cash loans for their small business where they can use the profit generated to look after their family and become self-efficient. In an interactive digital campaign, people had the opportunity to interact by donating £2 via SMS. This money was then converted into pennies and projected on a screen to complete a picture of an African woman who would benefit from the donation. I loved the concept of how you could literally see where your money was going and how you were making a difference.

Clarens

I am quite excited. A friend and I decided to go to Clarens for the weekend so I woke up early today as I still have to pack. I have been there before but it was a few years ago so I cannot quite remember. I thought I’d better google it to see where it was. To my surprise it is four hours 20 minutes from here. I somehow thought it was three so maybe it is a tad far for the weekend but we are going to have fun anyway. Luckily we are also moving offices today so they have asked us to be out by three as the movers are coming then which incidentally coincides beautifully with our plans 🙂

Dinner in the sukkah

Last night I went with two friends from work to my ex-boss for Sukkot where we had dinner with his family in the sukkah outside. Sukkot is a Jewish weeklong festival to celebrate the Israelites safekeeping while wondering the desert for 40-years, where they lived in temporary shelters, after their exodus out of Egypt.

This has become a yearly tradition where my friends and I have dinner with the family. During this time they set up a temporary hut outside in the garden to have meals in and our boss and the children (seven of them) usually sleep in there as well. The children also decorate the sukkah. This year two of his daughters were not there as they are studying overseas but it was a very lovely and relaxed evening. I also got to meet one of his nieces visiting from Australia.

Barn owls of the suburb

I was on my way to a friend’s house at dusk when I saw two large birds sitting on some lamp posts. At first I thought it was two hadeda due to the size but it was strange that they were still out as I was sure they would have gone to sleep already. When I got closer I was very surprised to see it was actually two barn owls, each sitting on a lamp post scouting the area. I was telling my friend about reading of the owl box project in the newspaper a few years ago and that they should actually put up an owl box in their garden for owls to come and nest. I looked for the article and found the project as initiated by EcoSolutions. The other night, on my way back from my friend, I found a rabbit in the street. I know the rabbits live in the park close by. I just hope the poor bunnies are not the reason the owls are lurking around 🙂