A Londolozi Song ~ “It’s a Feeling”

As you walk past the Londolozi Creative Hub at the moment there’s often a familiar hum, a tapping of a foot to a tune or even a whistle.
A song about Londolozi, written and created by a South African guest Reini Adelbert, arrived at the perfect time for us to ease our way into the Festive Season.
Reini and his wife, Lynne, stayed with us in November 2018 at Founders Camp and experienced Londolozi for the first time. Wild dog encounters, impala lambs and many other great sightings coupled with evenings around a fire with a guitar, made their time with us magical and was the inspiration behind his song.
We hand over to Reini to describe the process further:

Writing a song for Londolozi was a natural thing to do. I have known about this special place on the Sand River banks from my earliest days through an old school friend who was closely associated with its beginnings. But it was during a wonderful recent sojourn at this magnificent place that I was able to experience its magic first-hand. Interestingly, I had partially written a song, ‘Low Country’, years back which mentioned Londolozi but didn’t sufficiently have that happy African jive feel. So I set about writing a new one. The primary driver was a deep personal concern for the fragile beauty of our planet, particularly Africa, with its rich diversity of people, fauna and flora. Surely our primary duty must be to conserve this for our great grandchildren? I was profoundly moved by the Londolozi village, which is home to numerous employees, and how obviously the Varty family have prioritised the balance between local communities and the resort.

“Will you take me, Londolozi
And make me the best I can be
Back to where it all began – Jardin Africaine
It’s a feeling deep in my heart
And it’s been there right from the start
Protector of all living things, spirits awakening”

Most of my ‘important people’ have arrived in some way via music. My enduring love is acoustic folk, blues and ‘world’ music; it’s a serious interest – I write prolifically and perform as often as I can. Songs arise from experiences and emotions which, if authentically expressed, allow them to resonate and survive. Repeating themes and images seem to be – water, light, the Karoo, the Mother City, African rhythms and melody, injustice and poverty, wanderlust, meditation and acceptance of reality. For a song to ‘sit’ the lyric, melody and accompaniment must synchronise, something like the recipe for a special dish. This doesn’t always work and conversely sometimes happens literally like a bolt from heaven.
Music has always been a hobby which cuts both ways. It means that I have never had to ‘stress’ to write or perform something but it also means that I will never know what it might have been like to be James Taylor or Johnny Clegg…

Lyrics:

Will you take me, Londolozi

And make me the best I can be

Back to where it all began – Jardin Africaine

 

If you’re seeking the Big 5 look to your soul

For the Little 5 are equally bold

Inkomu Swinene, Mother Earth

For this generous gift of old

 

It’s a feeling deep in my heart

And it’s been there right from the start

Protector of all living things, spirits awakening

 

Honey badger got stuck in a hole

Between the roots of a sycamore tree

And it moved me deep within my soul

When the tracker set him free

This courageous little king of the bush

What an example to be

 

On the Sand River bank 1926

Two friends shared a wilderness dream

Back to Eden in the African bush

Natural harmony

Yingwe, ndlopfu, ngala – Jardin Africaine  

Will you take me, Londolozi

And make me the best I can be

Back to where it all began – Jardin Africaine

Protector of all living things, spirits awakening

It’s a feeling…

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