South Africans living in the United Kingdom are encouraged to book tickets to an evening of African storytelling and music in London. The event will take place at 6 pm on September 8 at The Tabernacle, 34 – 35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY (off Portobello Road).
The programme will feature a fascinating talk by South African motivational speaker, explorer and conservationist, Braam Malherbe, live music from award-winning planetary and humanitarian singer, Marcia Escoffery, former Durban performer, Tim Wells, who will perform his song Great Heart and Wayne Visser reading poetry from his I Am An African collection.
This not-for-profit event is being held in support of One Nature social impact project and the Human Elephant Foundation. Complementary soft drinks and light food will be served at the reception between 6 pm and 6.30 pm.
Speaking about the event, which aims to raise consciousness that as humans we are interconnected to nature, and must respect the quality of all life on the planet, Ronit Shapiro, founder of One Nature, said: “The late South African conservationist Dr. Ian Player is the inspiration behind this event.
“We hope to revive pure nature aka wilderness in people’s imagination and ignite the forgotten interconnectedness that we, humans, once had with nature.”
Tickets are £13 (under 18s free). To book go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk
To find out more about the event, speakers and performers, please contact event organiser Ronit Shapiro via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE TALENT
Braam Malherbe is an extreme conservationist, adventurer, youth developer, motivational speaker, TV presenter and author of the best seller The Great Run.
He has been involved in counter poaching operations as an Honorary Ranger for SANParks and is actively involved in numerous conservation groups, making it his life’s mission to fight environmental irresponsibility and the destruction of natural resources.
In 2006 and again in 2008, Braam Malherbe and running partner, David Grier, achieved two world first’s by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4218kms, as well as the coastline of South Africa, raising in excess of R2.5 million for the charity Operation Smile.
In January 2012, he and Peter van Kets took part in the 768km unassisted Scott/Amundsen Centenary ski-race to the South Pole, highlighting human impact on the Earth. Braam continues to challenge all of us, to DO ONE THING (DOT) to make a positive difference for our planet.
More information at http://www.braammalherbe.com/
Tim Wells has over 23 years’ experience in professional theatre and studio work, including voice overs for broadcast in the United States of America and the United Kingdom (including narrations for National Geographic documentaries), as well as working around South Africa in large-scale corporate shows and events as both a presenter and singer.
He is now based in the UK and concentrates on studio voice work, recording in his own studio and sending files for edit wherever they may be required. Tim continues his work with clients in SA (nationally) as well as recording voice overs for broadcast and corporate use in the UK.
Tim is a believer in the power of the artist as activist and aligns himself with causes of human rights and the vital or critical causes of the natural environment and how these interweave in global interdependence.
Marcia Escoffery is a former member of one of the UK’s gospel greats The Escofferys, signed to major label Atlantic Records. The group has won six consecutive awards for best UK female group on the gospel circuit. Marcia has worked and recorded with renowned artists Stevie Wonder, Sting, Elton John, and performed live with Pavarotti, Eric Clapton and Vanessa Mae, amongst others.
Home grown artist collaborations include hip hop sensations Ty, Sindecut along with Low Budget Soul, where she has written and performed two songs alongside Randolph Matthews and producer Tris ‘Ol’ English’ Browne.
She is also the co-founder of Kindred Spirit, a London-based monthly event for performing artists, set up in honour of her later sister, which went on the run for nine years and founder of Feed Your Soul Live which has carried on a similar ethos, concentrating on the next generation of performers, providing a platform for their original works.
Marcia has been a motivational speaker, founding a well-being group Life Circle and more recently has delivered her brand Soul Sound voice coaching, to both private and commercial clients, bringing out the best in individuals through voice care education.
Dr Wayne Visser is director of the think-tank and media company, Kaleidoscope Futures, and describes himself as a professional idea-monger, storyteller and meme-weaver.
He is a prolific writer and global lecturer, believing that we learn the best by constantly challenging ourselves to research, teach and write. He is the author of 24 books – including, most recently, Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change Through Business, Leadership and Innovation – and a guest columnist for The Guardian newspaper.
Dr. Visser was born in Zimbabwe and has lived most of his life in South Africa and the UK. He has a deep love for Africa, its people and its wildlife, which is given voice through his poetry collection I Am an African. Find out more at www.waynevisser.com.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ORGANISATIONS?
The Human Elephant Foundation (HEF) is a Durban-based non-profit organisation which makes use predominantly of the vehicle of public space art to draw attention to environmental and ecological issues facing the planet.
HEF invites us to reconnect and show respect for the natural world through the power of the imagination and the harnessing of creativity. It uses the symbol of the elephant as the world’s largest land mammal as its flagship as it is not only a key symbol of Africa, but despite its strength it is in a massively vulnerable position currently.
There are currently approximately 25 life-sized elephant sculptures in different parts of the world which create huge and dramatic impact leading to conversations around the vulnerable state of the planet as a result of human induced degradation.
HEF initiates and provide impetus to projects involving predominantly young people and the community whilst providing skills development and job creation opportunities.
Find out more at http://www.humanelephant.org/who.html
Ronit Shapiro founded One Nature in 2011 by with the vision to ‘Revive Nature in Our Imagination through Story-telling, Music and Art’. Ronit aspires to reach people who in their day to day lives are far removed from nature, physically and or psychologically, and ‘carry’ them away from an urban setting, into the African wilderness, ‘the cradle of humanity’, to ignite love and connection to nature in people’s hearts and imagination.
One Nature’s main project at present is a social impact project which incorporates the development of a narrative feature film inspired by the book Zulu Wilderness: Shadow and Soul by South African conservationist Dr. Ian Player.
You can help by logging on to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/899735029/zulu-wilderness-shadow-and-soul-a-narrative-featur