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.
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.
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.