After the jewellery making class came the hair demonstrations for natural hair. This wasn’t really aimed at my hair type but it was interesting none the less. The lady spoke about the dangers of shampoo, different types of hair (to which we all plucked out a strand of hair haha), different styles steering away from the treated hair and we also had a canerow master class! It was really good to know some of the key facts about hair as it’s not often you get people talking to you about staying natural instead of paying a heap of money to completely change your style!
The last event of the evening was live music by Hannah Heartshape and Jude Winwood. Jude was up first and when I first saw the set up of the stage I was just like… what on earth is that. It was interesting to see how Jude performed with the Kora as it is an instrument I’d neither heard of nor seen. She gave us a little background informatiom of this West African instrument which I found out is mainly played by men. Jude is a self taught musician and it has taken her 18 months in order to play this wonderful instrument with a good flow. It was obvious to me, as part of the audience, that she absolutely loved this piece of equipment and she just was so lost within the music she created. It’s almost shaped as a guitar but with about 30 different strings and I’m sure Jude mentioned that it was part of the harp family? It certainly had the same quality as a harp and with the strings lined up away from you (the picture explains it better!).
The Kora was played almost as a lullaby and I could feel myself drifting off, the events of the day had me exhausted!
However, there was one more act to come andwhen she walked on, I had no idea what to expect. Dressed in contracting pastels, mustard tights and a green turban-like headress with strange minimal make up – she definately made an entrance. Hannah Heartshape and her guitarist Lance struck me as an odd two but I didn’t let these judgements cloud my senses. As soon as those strings were plucked and Hannah began to sing, I was hooked. Such a richly emotional voice! Truely beautiful and individualistic. A smile played on my lips as my head began to sway shortly joined by my dancing foot – my body had a mind of it’s own! Her voice reminded me of honey at times; all sticky and thick but with wonderful control and I think the voice with the guitar was a perfect combination. There was no need for anything else. Such natural talent and I amost started to well up! She was brilliant. After a few songs, Hannah began to speak about herself and how she was honored to be invited to such an event and she explained that before she began to write music, she was a poet and how she loved the progression of poems and all the emotions they hold into a much happier song. I agree, it’s a heartwarming moment to tell the truth.
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