Keri Chryst Jazz - The French Connection

News / Blog

Swaziland Chronicles - Update - Awaiting Video

Posted by Keri Chryst on October 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

There are many more tales to tell about the Swazi Adventure!!

We're just waiting to get access to a bit more video footage before updating the Chronicles herein....

Sit tight!  More will be revealed!

Swaziland Chronicles - Day 4 - PRI & HOUSE ON FIRE

Posted by Keri Chryst on October 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


After lunch we're taken to "House On Fire" - Swaziland's premier venue for live music, and host of the annual "BushFire" music festival.  The place is REALLY cool and virtually impossible to describe (and unfortunately, I didn't get many good photos).  It looks like it'll be a bit of a wait for the soundcheck so we opt to just hang out at one of our...

Read Full Post »

Swaziland Chronicles - Day 4 - Morning Workshop - Jamming House

Posted by Keri Chryst on October 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Day 4 - Friday October 7, 2011

 


 

 

Another full schedule, and an again an early start.  For me the day starts with a facebook post from my "little" sister Meghan, back in Ohio, passing on some info from my mom who's attention was peaked by a piece on NPR that day.  Seems that PRI's "The World" has a roving r...

Read Full Post »

Swaziland Chronicles - Day 3 - Afternoon Jam/Rehearsal

Posted by Keri Chryst on October 6, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After lunch, we're scheduled to work with Bholoja's band in preparation for a public concert the following evening in Swaziland's premier venue "House On Fire"... and this is when it REALLY starts to happen!!

Jeff suggests we start with "Jaywalking", o...

Read Full Post »

Swaziland Chronicles - Day 3 - Morning Workshop

Posted by Keri Chryst on October 6, 2011 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Thankfully, the Embassy folk are running a little late this morning.  Our driver, the imposing yet surprisingly gentle and impeccably discreet Abraham, picks us up closer to 9:00 than 8:30 so we have a little more time to linger over the hotel's impressive breakfast buffet (we could get used to this!).  We're taken to a residential neighborhood where we pull in...

Read Full Post »

Swaziland Chronicles - Day 2 - Workshops - Musicians & Kids

Posted by Keri Chryst on October 4, 2011 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

(Happy Birthday, mom!!)

We tried our best to talk our way out of an 8:30am pick-up, but it seems there's little room for negotiation on this one.  We're scheduled to meet with some local musicians for a program hosted by Stanley Dlamini of the Swaziland National Arts Council (SNAC). 

You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.


...

Read Full Post »

Swaziland Chronicles - Day 1 - Travel

Posted by Keri Chryst on October 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Smooth sailing from Paris to Johannesburg on the double-decker Air France Air Bus 380 - packed to capacity with 550 passengers - short, painless layover before hopping a commuter-type jet to the smallest international airport I've ever been to in my life (sorry, King Mswati III).  

 

We are greeted by Ms. Marjorie Balorin from the American Embassy's smiling face who kindly warns us that a camera crew from t...

Read Full Post »