Renowned local poet Berry Heart arrived in the country last week from India where she featured in an international collaboration. The eminent poet of modern times was in India at the invitation of Ekam Manuuke a published writer, poet and Punjabi singer from Chandigarh and the duo worked on a compilation titled Pyaar , Punjabi for eternal love.
Berry Heart is a regular in India and has a large following there. She gets a lot of invites to perform at the vast South Asian country with diverse terrain with a population that is approximately at 1.311 billion people. In 2014 Berry Heart took part in the 9th International Poetry Festival Kritya held at Trivandrum, Kerala at the invitation of Festival, Chief Editor and Award winning Poet of Four Books Dr Rati Saxena. Kritya is a trust, formally registered in January 2007 in Kerala, India with a view to advance and enrich art, literature and culture. Along with other literary activities, Kritya organizes an international poetry festival every year in different parts of India.
Furthermore Berry Heart and Dr Rati Saxena worked in a studio recording collaboration; the two were among the 159 international poets who wrote the poetry anthology that called for peace in Afghanistan entitled ‘A Poetry Anthology for the Hazara published January 2014’.
While speaking to WeekendLife this week Berry Heart said Pyaar is all about the love of art and music which brought together two artists from different backgrounds, races, cultures, languages and gender. She said she met Manuuke at the International Poetry Festival Kritya held at Trivandrum where he had composed a theme song which she found very catchy although she did not know its meaning. Through an inquiry she was then introduced to Manuuke who also revealed he had been impressed by Berry Heart’s performance and the idea of working together was born.
Berry Heart spent almost two weeks in India where they worked on and launched the project which made international headlines. She told WeekendLife that the project will be launched in Botswana on 29th September, 2017. Pyaar is the first indo- African collaboration recorded by Spin music. “There are a lot of differences between Indian music and local music especially in terms of pitch and tempo. We are basically at a music scale of 6/8 and India has a variety of ranges,” she said.
She however said the similarities can be drawn in the drums which they call the Tabla, a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument which is more like The African Bongo or Meropa in our vernacular language.
“I would like to commend the Indians for their love, hospitality and tolerance. They love Botswana music although they have little access to it. One of the aims of this collaboration which is really meant is to pave way for Botswana music and art to an Indian audience. I was really treated like a Princess,” she said.
According to the poet, she has learnt a lot in her experience working with the Indians, citing that they believe in hard work and always support each other. “They work hard even under unfavourable conditions and they never complain,” she said. In 2014 she participated at Storymoja Hay festival at a serious get together of the world's renowned poets and writers. The event featured among other artists Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka, Kwame Dawes and other international poets from UK, USA, Africa, and Jamaica.
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