Monday, 24 November 2014

FREE MP3: isiZulu Love Song 'Uthando Lwakho' Available for Download NOW

The song Uthando Lwakho was written by myself in the latter part of 2014, I had assistance from close friends with pronunciation. I was inspired to write this song for my friend Toya D who lost her mother when she was young, she wrote a song for her mother which allowed me a chance to really grieve some of the losses I've experienced in my life. 

This song was also one of the main thematic pieces in "7 inch Stilettos" by Thabiso Radebe and played a role in generating emotion during the show when his mother passes away. 

The song speaks of broken love, love that cannot be.

This is the Feedback that i have had from the initial hearing:

Thabiso Radebe
Actor | Director | Playwright
" This song is very emotional. I feel that it draws so much depth, and touches ones emotions, it talks about the love that each one of us wants to experience. That love which lasts forever... but at the same time it questions whether that love could exist... It is an amazing song and I'd rate it '5 out of 5' since it's a unique Zulu love song, amazing Sandy."
Star rating: 5 out of 5

Kyleigh Lazarus
Radio DJ | Style Guru
"Beautifully composed song... and I give it a 5 star rating. Maybe because of my loss, and the way I felt whilst listening to it. Very, very moving Sandy. You're incredibly talented. So 5 star it is!"
Star rating: 5 out of 5

Sandy Nene
Celebrity Blogger | Durban Journo | Lifestyle & Fashion Guru
"I was impressed that you know how to sing in isizulu. It is important now that artists learn to come out of their comfort zones in order to reach a larger audience. Looking forward to the rest of your albums. You are a talented musician."
Star rating: 5 out of 5

Lucky Malinga
Singer | Young Mbazo Member
"Tjo my friend this song is a hit! I love it - 100 out of 100. I love it so much, that I put you at #1 on the charts!"
Star rating: 5 out of 5

Claire Winstanley
Actress | TV host Expresso Morning Show SABC3
Wow... That just made my trip home from work ! It's somehow manages to be powerful and comforting at the same time... Like a big hug - my kind of love song! Happily a 4 (Only saying 4 because u just said u still need to tweak it - need to leave room for improvement)
Star rating: 4 out of 5

Katelyn Williams
Expresso Morning Show SABC3 | Food Blogger The Kate Tin
"Sandy this is hauntingly beautiful!  I obviously give it 5. This song is brimming with a depth and emotion that transcends any language barrier. Goosebumps stuff!"
Star rating: 5 out of 5

Steve Fataar
Singer | Guitarist | Member of The Flames
"Remember... I'm biased

The Lyrics: 

Uthando Lwakho, 
Uthando Lwami,
Uthando Lwethu... 
Ngiphakamisele phezulu 
kuze kukhanyi 
llanga… Llanga... llanga…

Link for FREE mp3 Download:

FREE MP3: Download my NEW Single "Forever" NOW!

This is my newly mastered single "Forever" also called Per Sempre, it was only fully completed this last week.

In 2008 I lost a baby via miscarriage on Christmas day, I named her "Heart" and wrote a poem about her, I did not know I was pregnant when we lost her. 

In 2013 I started to play around with a song about loss, and Forever happened. I was pregnant at the time with my son Samuel when I recorded the music for the song in December 2013. I recorded preliminary vocals for reference. 

In early February of 2014, a week before my 1940's historical theatre musical opened, I lost Samuel at 15 weeks pregnant. Recording this song helped us to grieve, my children 4 and 6 have sung it on and off all year - in the beginning it was painful to perform it live, but as time has progressed it is easier and easier. 

In November of 2014 the previous version of this song was one of the major thematic pieces in "7 Inch Heels" by Thabiso Radebe at the Catalina Theatre, a play about loss. 

I have shared it with very few people and the response has been the same: emotion and shared experiences.

Here are the lyrics:

Forever / Per Sempre
Copyright © Sandy Bigara

Softly moving… hiding deep within me.
Lost in time, this dream is fading out again…
Life has a way of taking those who should remain…
Father find a way! This dream is fading out again!                      
Heart you left us!
Cuore si’so-no anda-ti,
Resta’con me’il mio’a-more!
Tu’sei vivo nel mi-o cu-ore!
Heart you left us…                   
Heart you left us…
Heart you left us!
Cuore si’so-no anda-ti,
Resta’con me’il mio’a-more!
Tu’sei vivo nel mi-o cu-ore!
…Per sempre…                  

[Ending / Italian Translation]
Heart you have gone
Stay with me my love
You are alive in my heart - Forever!      X2

And the link for free download: 

CRAFT KIDS: Make a Lasting Memory for Christmas!

My 6 year old daughter sketched a Reindeer last night, and after scanning the image into my PC I had an idea for our tired looking front window.

We spent about 3 hours doing this.

You'll need:
A4 white paper for printing the images
Santa and a sleigh
Get your kid/kids to draw a Reindeer each (even if they are funny looking) scan and copy the number of reindeer that you need. Make sure to mirror flip the ones that will flay 'backwards' in the zig zag.
One A4 piece of coloured paper per reindeer x number of reindeer.
One A4 piece of coloured cardboard for the back layer x number of reindeer
Sticky tape
Wool / 2m shoe lace / string

The process:
Create 'characters' by adding hair styles etc to each reindeer,
Colour in the pictures using roll-ups,
Glue the highlights and add glitter,
Cut out.
Stick onto the coloured paper and cut out again leaving a bubble border.
Stick onto the coloured cardboard and cut out again leaving another colour bubble layer.
Thread wool/string etc through the reindeer, criss crossing through a small puncture near the chest. Use sticky tape to fasten the 'reins' correctly.
Then, using sticky tape, adhere to window.


Sandy Bigara

Saturday, 22 November 2014

THEATRE REVIEW: There!Lays Ubuntu at The Catalina Theatre by Musa Ntuli

I had the absolute privilege of doing photography for There!Lays Ubuntu Written and Directed by Musa Ntuli performed courtesy of Sakhiwo Arts & Skills Development Centre last weekend.

I was expecting something sad, thought provoking… but I wasn’t prepared for the feast that would be laid before us as an audience, original music sung in traditional African style, accompanied by keyboard and drums. I would have preferred to see the musicians on a more elevated and lit up stage area – their part in the play was also important.

 The choreography was not simple by any means, the passion and zeal of the cast was palpable, they were enjoying, truly enjoying the experience on stage. They were 100% behind the message that they were sharing – a rare thing to ‘feel’ emanating from the stage. Lighting design was by freelance Lighting and Sound Technician Mancane, and I felt that the lighting supported each scene visually (even though I leaned on the spot light and got moaned at! Thankfully it wasn’t on at the time!!)

To see such a full and robust cast was refreshing – the lead characters were realistically portrayed with no hysterics or TV acting, real gritty emotion displayed in real life situations.

One of the lead actors really stood out to me, Monde Zondi who plays the role of Skuva a young gangster with a sad and troubled past. Besides being an exceptionally beautiful human (hunk!) he was passionate in his portrayal and is definitely someone to watch out for!

The plot unfolds throughout the play, with unanswered questions clarified by the last scene, with the central plot similar to a traditional Shakespearean tragedy – the final death scene left me quiet and with a feeling of depth.

In this play, we see Death personalized as a character, and how he infiltrates peoples lives within a community, in the context of Ubuntu.

In Short
Show: There!Lays Ubuntu
Where:Catalina Theatre
Date: 14-23 November 2014
Times: 7pm daily and 3pm Matinee on the Sundays.
Tickets: Available at all Checkers or Shoprite stores in KZN, or online click HERE.

Price: R80pp (Spur and John Dory meal options on computicket)
Brought to you by Sakhiwo Arts And Skills Development Centre 

Monday, 17 November 2014

MARKET: Hingham Nursery Christmas Market

Hingham Nursery 
Christmas Market
28th November
8am till 6pm
Free Entry
(Top of Clematis grv, off Rinaldo, which is off Umhlanga Rocks 
Drive at the top, or Chris Hani/North Coast rd at the bottom.)

**generous portions**
**kids playground**
**pet friendly**
**wheelchair friendly**

What a wonderful way to start your weekend... :)

There will be lots of Christmas goodies to buy from the Hingham decor shop, as gifts, or to spoil yourself!

Classy Candles and Function decor hire will be displaying clever idea's on how to decorate your christmas table and there will be some beautiful christmas decorations for sale.

The Tea Garden will run as normal until sunset, and as an addition: we will be selling our famous salad dressing, onion marmalade, biscuits etc.

Bring the whole family, and come and have some fun at Hinghams!

Please share to help us make this a successful event.

Sandy Bigara