“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
On Saturday 3rd July 2010 at 7.15 pm FLOW took an audience of football fans on an instrumental, vocal and visual journey at the FIFA FAN FEST™ on the Grand Parade in Cape Town in celebration of Africa’s most precious resource – water.
FLOW brought together: the sweet vocals of Zolani Mahola (Freshly Ground); Kyla Rose Smith (Freshly Ground) on violin; Ronan Skillen (Babu, Tonik, Hot Water) on the Didge and percussion; Michael Chikowore on Mbira and Donovan Copley (Hot Water) in song and on the ‘afri-can’ guitar; with live mixing by DJs Fletcher Beadon (Krushed and Sorted) and Nicodemus from Brooklyn, NYC.
Produced & Directed: Justin Friedman
The collaborative performance took place on stage in front of the 74m2 screen first used in 2006 by FIFA during the last World Cup in Germany and one of the biggest such structures ever to be erected in South Africa.
The visual journey began in outer space then transported the audience down to the depths of the ocean and then above the surface and making their way to the shoreline, to join animals and tribes at the drinking holes. The journey continued down the paths of the rivers, lakes and dams arriving in the cities as they learnt how we have sought to control so much when in fact it does not belong to us.
FLOW endeavoured to instill in the audience an awareness of how both the planet and ourselves are made up of over 70% water and by making the statement “I AM FOR LOVE OF WATER”, we really mean that we are FOR LOVE OF ourselves, each other and the planet.
This was a constant visual and audio spectacle by top performers that kept audiences, regardless of age, fully engaged and entertained. From a gentle movement beneath the surface to a powerful drive to find one’s star… as Hot Water performed their hugely popular song “Laduma” live.
On March 21st, Human Rights Day, a ‘Walk for love of water’ began at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to highlight the basic human right of access to fresh water.
The official UN World Water Day 2011 event was hosted by the Government of South Africa in Cape Town.
The UN World Water Day 2011 event will took place from 20 – 22nd March 2011 at the Cape Town International Conference Center.
Our sincere thanks to the support from the Department of Water Affairs, the Department of Environment and Planning Western Cape, the City of Cape Town and UN Habitat for their financial support to ensure the event went off smoothly.
For more information: http://www.forloveofwater.co.za
WORLD WATER DAY - 22 MARCH 2010
Performing for the first time live - the For Love of Water song was played to the Prince of Orange, The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs and other diagnatories prior to the address by Hillary Clinton.
Our sincere thanks to the South African Department of Water Affairs and UN Habitat for funding the performance.