Christmas In July

Christmas in July with Richard Cock

Dear friend,

Things are starting to happen, and we have lots of things to keep you occupied in the coming weeks.

Today is the year’s mind of Johnny Clegg’s passing. I remember so clearly working with him on an RMB Starlight Classics concert in Cape Town in 2009, and what struck me (and has stayed with me) was his overwhelming positivity and optimism about South Africa. This was reflected in his famous song The Crossing (Osiyeza), written for his performance partner Dudu Zulu, who was fatally shot in 1992. It was a tribute to his friend, but more than that, it was also a story about finally being able to lay down your heavy burden and find peace. Appropriately, the Crossing takes place one year after passing, and so, on this year’s mind of Johnny’s passing, we thought it was extremely apt to perform this song in tribute to him.

We would have performed Osiyeza at the Last Night of the Proms concerts all around the country this year, but in the absence of that, here is a virtual version, done by the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg. I hope you enjoy what we’ve put together for you. Please share it around if you enjoy it. It would be so nice to be able to spread the love.

Speaking of spreading the love, Charl du Plessis and I received so much lovely feedback  about our music quizzes that we have decided to do a very special CHRISTMAS IN JULY version. It will take place on Saturday 25 July at 19h30 via Charl’s Facebook page (click here). For those of you who don’t yet have access to Facebook, now is your chance to explore the territory! It will happen live, so I will send out the link to the quiz on the day.

There are lovely prizes to be won, such as seed hampers from Mayford Seeds, as well as the most delicious Christmas cakes I have ever tasted from Elizabeth Wood cakes. We will also be taking donations for the Izibusiso Foster Home in Hermanus. This home was established 10 years ago and does amazing work in the community of Zwelihle, fostering abandoned babies and children up to the age of 6, as well as facilitating the adoption process for these children. I have been a major supporter of this charity, using my Christmas concerts to collect money every year, so I thought the Christmas-in-July Quiz was a good opportunity to assist them once more as much of their donation revenue has dried up as a result of COVID-19. Please visit their website to find out more about the amazing work that they do. We will also have donation details available during the quiz on Saturday 25 July.

You can donate to Izibusio using SnapScan below, or via EFT / bank transfer to the following account:

Izibusiso Foster Home
Standard Bank Branch code 050312
Account 185575579
Swift code SBZAZAJJ

It’s a great way to learn more about the pieces we perform on a regular basis – knowing more about them definitely adds a whole extra layer of enjoyment!

Happy listening and sending lots of warm wishes

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