The past 2 weekends in Zambia have been adventures for sure! Last weekend, we began by hittin up the monthly Dutch market to get some beautiful prints and patterns. Of course this means that we had to flex our negotiating muscle, and luckily, Kenya and I were successful as we walked away with these beautiful Chitenge dresses for a really decent prices! I cannot wait to wear mine as wearing something that wasn’t a fortune is always particularly satisfying.
After taking quit naps in Kepa, we made moves to the BareFeet Music Festival, which was an incredible 2-weeks of African performances and arts all benefiting poverty initiatives sponsored by incredible organizations such as UNICEF and UNHCR. Last Saturday was the finale of the 2 weeks of festivities, and the festival went out with a bang with headliner FEMI KUTI.
Being unfamiliar with this amazing artist before last weekend, I was completely blown away by this man’s talent paired with his passionate voice of advocacy for the continent of Africa. With lyrics like:
“Yesterday, Dem tell us sey
Sey today, na we go gain
So we struggle, suffer dey
For this new democratic change
But the truth of the matter be sey
Dem disguise another way
To continue their crooked ways
Oh Yes! Dem bobo!”
It makes you think. Advocacy entwined with incredibly sophisticated rhythmic beats.
Effie, one of my ZamRoomies, is Ghanaian and has grown up loving Kuti’s work so it was incredible to experience this performance with her with the rest of the Zamfam. What an amazing night!
Fastforward to this past weekend, my ZamRoomies and I went on a day trip excursion to the Kafue River which was about 45 minutes outside of Lusaka. Effie’s co-workers invited us and organized this excursion and we were so thankful to have been invited! Setting up a picnic, we enjoyed a beautiful and scenic view of the nature that Zambia boasts that we don’t usually get to see in the cityscape of Lusaka.
The best part of the trip was getting a chance to explore via a speedboat in a hippo infested waters! It was such a beautiful adventure and a nice escape to a lush natural haven at the Cheetah Lodge at the Kafue River.
The last two weekends listening to Kuti and at Kafue were amazing!