High pressure

 

What happens when you put two Norwegian musicians in Maputo, add a dozen Mozambican musicians, some bad Portuguese and a MOVE-exchange?

The answer is simple – music. After being in Maputo for about ten hours Bjørn and I got to know that we are playing a concert in 11 days! We immediately got very excited, and started talking about what to play. Doing so, we realised that we’ve never played together before. Neither had we – for obvious reasons – played with anyone in this new city we were living in. How could we pull this together? Luckily the teachers, students and staff at Music Crossroads Mozambique are incredibly talented and welcoming. We started jamming and playing with people the second day we were here. Therefore all the worries about the upcoming concert faded into our distant memories.

Practising. Who's got the best playing face?

Practising. Who’s got the best playing face?

The band, focusing on the most important person. Obviously.

The band, focusing on the most important person. Obviously.

After rehearsing, laughing, and some mumbling in Portuguese, the concert day was finally upon us. In addition to being our debut, this concert was a fundraiser. Nikolas Goza – who was a MOVE-participant last year – was raising money to go to the Lake of Stars festival in Malawi. In other words the stakes were high, and we had to do a good job. As Bjørn and I were opening the show, the pressure was on. We stepped on to the stage, and the stage lights blinded us. Bjørn started playing “Life On Mars” by David Bowie, and our heart rates increased. After performing we got a super response. It felt great! All we had to do than was put on our dancing shoes, and listen to Nikolas and his talented band. All in all a debut that left us feeling eager to continue playing much more concerts in the months to come.

Some were eager dancers, and some were eager posers.

Some were eager dancers, and some were eager posers.

Naturally when moving to a new continent you find yourself wondering – how will it be? Will I be homesick? Will I make new friends? Are anyone gonna want to play with me? Will I ever learn Portuguese? I can assure you that I had no reason to worry about any one of these things (I don’t know about the Portuguese quite yet, though). Our first weeks in Mozambique have been incredible. This concert was just a reassurance that these nine months will be fantastic.

Khalusa Banda sharing some reggae with the audience.

Khalusa Banda sharing some reggae with the audience.

Ingrid Dyrnes Svendsen
Ingrid Dyrnes Svendsen

The first time Ingrid sang in front of an audience she was three years old. After that there was no going back. The now 23 year old girl grew up in a small place called Orkdal in the middle of Norway. In addition to singing she plays the piano, composes and teaches. The spring of 2016 she finished a Bachelor’s degree in jazz and improvisation. Although this is the genre closest to her heart, she enjoys listening to and playing all kinds of different music.

This year she is moving to Maputo, Mozambique. Her aim is to teach and learn as much music as possible. She has a passion for including girls and women into the musical scene. Hopefully this is something that she can contribute with during her stay in Maputo.

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  • Can’t wait to follow your musical journey! Best wishes for a beautiful, cultural and unforgettable stay in Maputo.

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