Here’s Sura Susso, the brilliant kora player on Nandita’s Dream CD. He also supported me leading a workshop. I noticed that we had grandparents and parents joining the children and I led a heart meditation journey, just as Rose had done, speaking, singing, leaving spaces. It was magical to be in a room of adults and children doing this together. We were all listening to our hearts. The delighted faces afterwards were feedback and joy and I’m wondering where sharing these experiences will lead us. What visions and ideas for our lives and the planet can we co-create together?
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
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.
Just to let you know that I have been thinking about the power of storytelling. It’s a way we create and manifest by sharing. Recently Jonathan Camp was telling me that India has statistically by far the greatest involvement in telling stories.
As Nandita is half Indian and half Scottish and her mother Sheema has come over from India in the story I
was really interested in that. Storytelling is such a great way to imagine, create, dream, share wisdom and tools of empowerment. Nandita’s Dream is an adventure of the heart and a quest to resolve difficulties in the waking world.
Sura Susso who plays kora on the Songs from Nandita’s Dream CD is by the way a Gambian Griot, kora player and storyteller and he joins us at Nandita Day on 5th August. His music is like liquid light. Magnificent.