Thomeki Dube and Sura Susso with Sarah Patterson

Thomeki Dube (co-founder with Sotcha Moyo of Black Umfolosi) and Sura Susso (kora player extraordinaire)These two dear friends Thomeki Dube (co-founder with Sotcha Moyo of Black Umfolosi) and Sura Susso (kora player extraordinaire) are key to why the “Songs from Nandita’s Dream” CD is such an amazing offering for children. Black Umfolosi are famous for their singing traditions and their own compositions all over the world. Sura Susso comes from a long line of Gambian griots and is composing and performing new and traditional music that heals the spirit and heart.

We all stepped into a new way of working together, a synthesis of who we are and what a project like this required. We are fueled by our love of children, the planet and spirit and it shows. We all feel the blessings of being able to work together. I wish Sura a glorious time visiting his family in the Gambia and Thomeki, Sotcha and all from Black Umfolosi happy landings back in Zimbabwe in this their 30th anniversary celebration year. Much love Sarah

Olympics Celebration

I think what I most adored about the Olympics was the global diversity, sharing our uniqueness and alikeness as people. What a celebration, what a wonder…I love the mix of life on this planet. I love the opportunities to create. I think that’s why I enjoy the fusion that comes in making music with the likes of Sura Susso, Sheema Mukherjee, and Black Umfolosi. Our creativity in meeting and the unique nature of our individual music.

So Annie Lennox’s voice was pure gold in the closing ceremony and Brian May’s rock guitar was beyond anything I’ve heard from a rock guitarist. How did he do it? I once saw Ryoko play piano live in Dartington Hall. When she ran out of keys her fingers continued to play on in the air. She was playing what she could hear and somehow I felt I could hear it too, vibrationally. She took us there with her. I love that these musicians take us somewhere new. Huge thanks to them, to the atheletes, volunteers and creators of the olympics and all who inspire us by living their dreams.

Nandita’s Dream Book and CD Celebration

Children Singing in Celebration with The Black UmfolosiHello everyone, thank you for all the messages coming in about the Nandita’s Dream book and CD celebration. I’m very touched.

We had the best time singing out the songs and sharing the journey we’ve been on together. Can feel it moving out in the world. First photos in.

Here are some of the children singing on the CD with Future and Brian from Black Umfolosi. Also, author Jacqueline Lawes talking with Sotcha Moyo, co-founder of Black Umfolosi.

Nandita's Dream Celebration with The Black Umfolosi

Black Umfolosi and Sarah sing “Hey Little Girl” from Nandita’s Dream

The launch celebration for Nandita’s Dream book and CD was amazing. Black Umfolosi on the last day of their 30th anniversary tour in fantastic voice with Sura Susso on Kora and Lawrence Kelson on cajon, children from the album singing with us and all the people at the party too. Jacqueline Lawes, co-author of Nandita’s Dream was there, Susannah Darling-Khan, Melanie, Tom and Rose who hosted it, Dorrie Joy, Joyaa, Drum and Alice Carfrae, Ruby, Angela and many children and adults.The openhearted joy and love for the children in the world which is at the heart of this project overflowed into something amazing. The global nature of this dream being realised really came home to me. The first book reviews touched Jacqueline and I deeply. Thank you everyone for sharing this offering with us. Heart like a flower – big, gentle and open.