It was almost a year ago that the Canadian singer/songwriter (and saint ben’s member…) Alana Levandoski and the Zimbabwean writer and self-described Gospoet (that would be the Gospel-based version of dub poetry) Ignatius Mabasa sat down to talk about doing a recording together. Through the encouragement of saint benedict’s table, and thanks to a grant from the Sacred Arts Trust of the Anglican Foundation, a recording session took place in St Philip’s Anglican Church on Saturday December 11, 2010, just days before Ignatius returned to his home in Zimbabwe.
Ignatius had come to Canada to serve a term as storyteller-in-residence at the University of Manitoba, and we’d connected with him to do one of our ideaExchange sessions at Aqua Books. Imagine our delight when he said that one of his deepest hopes was to work collaboratively with a Canadian musician. Alana came on board, bringing with her the veteran recording engineer Don Benedictson, and the project was launched.
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The recording is now for sale through saint ben’s as a CD, and is also available a digital download on iTunes in both Canada and the United States. It is a remarkable recording, blending Alana’s roots-based music with the Shona language poetics of Ignatius. Sure, we can tell you what he was talking about – and the liner notes of the CD do provide a guide to his poetry – but the sounds really do speak for themselves. Across cultures, across languages, across life-experience, these two artists managed to tell the truth.
Click the arrow to listen to another sample from the disc, and then contact us to order your copy for only $7, including postage within Canada and the U.S.A. If you’re connecting from further afield, we’ll make sure we make the shipping affordable. We just think people need to hear this project.