United Colours of Africa
MUSIC LITERATURE AND HEALING
To the Peace on Earth explores the authors search for meaning after the tragic double double suicide of Moses Molelekwa and his wife, and then Moses Khumalo.
It is written through the lens of South Africa's freedom march documented by Melt2000 records, and the enormous and multi beneficial investment into music by Swiss speaker entrepreneur Robert Trunz.
Carol Muller's review on Alljazzradio states: “A healing in music took place through Trunz's music label, MELT2000, and writer/musician Douglas found a much needed home in this Musical Energy Loud Truth space.”
To the Peace on Earth is a story of many musicians and masters that help create healing.
Madala Kunene who also featured in the book Story of South African Jazz Volume One is one such musical mentor and healer to many. He will be performing at the opening launch of the book in Johannesburg April 25 th
The urgency to release this book was inspired by a Winston Mankunku quote which will be published in the Story of SA Jazz Volume 2 later in the year. Mankunku said “If I can stop one person from killing I have done my job.”
The book has been constantly written over the last four years and has enjoyed wonderful contributions from the cultural family of Melt2000, Trunz, Lianne Cox and the late Ananda Masset who the book is dedicated to.
A beneficiary of the “To the Peace on Earth” is Moses's son Zoe Molelekwa. Zoe wrote on facebook: “I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to all the people who have had a positive influence on my life in the darkest of times with my fight against depression/PTSD. All the Artists I have seen on stage who reignite our fires each time we witness them sharing parts of themselves that would be unknown to us, if it were not for their courage, passion and integrity, for uplifting our spirits even when yours was in a constant struggle too.”
Carol Muller confirms the healing spirit of the book. She writes: “ This book touches the unavoidable real by opening our minds to what constitutes the ‘void', from entering disorientation that can manipulate the mind, to experiencing the beauties of Ubuntu love and respect found on the African continent. Douglas uses the metaphorical ‘fifth' to explain: “As the fifth in music harmonically divides the octave, so the fifth dimension in Spiritual terms co-creates.”
TARGET AND RELEVANCE
To the Peace on Earth is targeted at people between the age of 18 and 35. As much as the book deals with the “27 suicide club” it focuses on the causes of suicide offering a full university for overcoming it.
As Zoe Molelekwa wrote in his message: “Let go of what you're holding onto if it isn't building your character, for the better. Take care of yourself, take care of your body and your mind, nurture them so that they may be able to carry you through the High times and the Low, as we each journey forth towards our dreams. I wish you well on your journey to happiness and finding peace within yourself. Stay strong and pat yourself on the back. Don't forget how you thought it would never get better.”
Muller confirmed in her review: “The Cullinan farm and its various inhabitants provided this ‘nature spirit' space where African griots, drummers, trance-dancers of the Kalahari, and other newer students of sound in his Forest Jam project could co-create. By 2015, Douglas found a new journey, having manifested projections involving a vast healing.”
LEVERAGE AND PUBLICITY
60 soft cover books and 10 hard covers are printed at BK Bookbinders in Durban and will retail at R200 for the soft and R350 for the hard: The books offer a 50% profit and 50% will be reinvested into distribution and marketing.
Flyers and posters have been prepared for the show. Book reviews are currently being conducted by Kaya FM, Lucinda Jordan (Business Day), Edward Tsumele (CityScapes) and Sindiswa Seakhoa (writers guild)
It is expected for the book to have a life in the school, education and library systems and inspire co-creation in the interpersonal spaces such as music and philosophy.
“Melt2000 projects harnessed and promoted energy and a spirit of activism and thoughtfulness. It was never in an overt political social way, it was simply in the spirit of doing, creating and making magic. It became the documentation heritage of post-apartheid music. People were coming together and ?nding their truth beyond race. ” Excerpt
The cultural identity of that post-apartheid South Africa era is an awareness of social cohesion and multi-cultural harmony, such as unity in diversity, uBuntu and xe xarra xe are all described in the book.