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October 31, 2008

Centocow, South Africa

I am in South Africa.
I am constantly being moved to tears and something sets me off almost daily.

but mostly it is the gospel music.
Today I stood in the corner of a school room, children with holes in their sock heels swayed and sang a song of healing, booming it with such earnestness and commitment. The voices shot through me causing tears to prickle at my eyes. And still, many songs on, I do not understand the power of this music.
I feel so privileged.

The Zulu women have shown me love that needs no words. In fact, words could never be enough.

This is a low resolution video clip that comes from just one day in a rural town, Centocow. It is just a taste to share with you.

I have since been back to gather the story of a girl and her sister.
We spent an entire day collecting water and chopping wood.

The saying goes...
Before Enlightenment, collecting water, chopping wood.
After Enlightenment, collecting water, chopping wood.

Recording this song.

Crossing the river to get firewood.

A break from walking with wood.

[current mood] Quietness & Rusks

Posted by natalija at October 31, 2008 4:24 AM


Awesome stuff Natty! Lots of very quintessential "photographer's eye" scenes in there. How's my mum doing?

Posted by: mik at October 31, 2008 7:40 AM

wow, what an amazing experience. I melted when I saw the video.

I remember you telling me in June that you were going on a trip to South Africa but I had no idea it would be this wonderful.

Posted by: panda at October 31, 2008 9:07 PM

HI Nat, My friend Iris from Germany directed me to your blog. What can I say? What a life, what an experience. I will visit again. Keep up the great work, would love to see/read more.
Perth regards, Java

Posted by: Java at November 1, 2008 1:30 PM

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