Live on Mozambiquan TV

 

Sometimes you just happen to find yourself about to go play a live talkshow in Mozambique. This was one of those times.
Vidas Em Directo was the name of the show. We were sitting in a Txopela (AKA tuktuk) running late with all equipment in our laps, driving down the main road. Were we ready for this? Had we practiced enough? The time to think about such things was over. We arrived. The intro vignette startet running. We were live.

Assa Matusse is a girl from Maputo that composes her own music and sings. She was a part of the MOVE-project herself last year, when she traveled to Norway on exchange. I never met her during her stay in Norway, but before i was to travel here, she contacted me. She wanted to know if I was up to play with her and her band here in Maputo, and I said yes on the spot! When i arrived in Maputo, she told me told me that she was invited to take part in a talkshow, Vidas Em Directo, on the channel STV. She was supposed to perform three songs and she wanted me to join her to play the piano. I joined, and after some days of practicing, we headed for the studio.

We arrived the TV studio at three in the afternoon, 20th of September. The show was to start at 4. A woman smashed some makeup in our faces before it all started. We came into a studio with a kind of stage. On the stage were two chairs set against each other on a red, square mat, a table in between and a big TV-screen on the wall in the back. No audience was present and the camera men were adjusting the cameras and clearing the stage for the show. Several guests went on and got interviewed about different stuff. Everything went in Portuguese, so I didn’t quite get all the details. Between the interviews we played a song. And in the end it was Assas turn to get in one of the chairs to get interviewed. We had been sitting in the same room, but behind the cameras during the show, and I still did during Assas intervju. The interviewer hadn’t prepared an interview in English, so I stayed out of that part. After the interview we played our last song, “+EU”, that Assa recorded during her stay in Norway. “How many people are watching the show?” I asked. “Everyone” was the answer i was given.

 

One of the Cameramen was kind enough to record us on my phone as we were performing our last tune, since this was easier than to get hold of the actual TV recording.

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And right then, as most days since I’ve come here, I asked my self: How did I end up here? Before I left Norway i didn’t quite realize what I had signed up for and what i was actually supposed to do. I still have no clue. The adventure Ingrid and I are a part of is so wonderful and weird. If one month can give us so much, I wonder what the next eight can have in store for us.

I really wonder.

Bjørn Kvåle Tromsdal
Bjørn Kvåle Tromsdal

Playing the piano from an early age, Bjørn has been in love with music all of his life. He is 21 years old and comes from Inderøy in Nord-Trøndelag. With a focus on improvisational music, he has spent the last years exploring different genres such as hiphop and progressive rock. Now he’s ready to explore african rhythms and music in Maputo, Mozambique!

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