World launch of Gondwana Dawn music album
The Indian Cultural Centre in Johannesburg organised the pre-release of World launch of the Gondwana Dawn music album, jointly conceptualised by Robin Hogarth, a double Grammy award winning producer, composer, and specialist in African music; and Sumitra Guha, an internationally acclaimed Indian Classical musician and Padma Shri award winner (one of the highest Indian civil awards for Art); who is also a member of the Grammy Academy.
Gondwana Dawn is an Africa/India based musical creative project that has already had major impact within India and South Africa, and on the lives of people and children involved in the project.
In 2011 Robin Hogarth held a series of workshops within seven South African Gauteng schools sponsored by PSSP (the Peermont Schools Support Programme).
There he discovered amazing talent, and after a series of auditions, he took a group of 8 school children to India, sponsored by PSSP.
Combining with Sumitra Guha’s expertise and musicians, an album was recorded.
The visit to India culminated in a concert in New Delhi which received a standing ovation.
A number of Indian sponsors were also involved, in particular the Indian Council for Cultural Relations – who are also sponsoring the Indian contingent for the US tour. The making of the album, related activity, and the concert was filmed.
Indian children from the slums have been included in the album, and a subsequent programme where they will also be given unique opportunities has been implemented.
‘Gondwana Dawn’ combines elements of ancient African spirituality and the Vedas into an authentic but contemporary exciting musical mix of traditional instruments, songs and rhythms, with an appeal that is universal in the world today.